The Sirens Would you choose to listen to a beautiful song if you knew the consequence resulted in death? In Greek mythology, the Sirens lured sailors with their enchanting music, but then killed them. Homer’s “Book 12”, Margaret Atwood’s poem, titled “Siren Song”, and Romare Bearden’s artwork, “The Sirens’ Song”, convey the Sirens both similarly and different. Throughout the three Siren pieces, they all show the Sirens as seductive, they have the same outcome, and they have similar moods. All of these pieces display the Sirens as seductive.
In Homer’s famous tale the Odyssey, there is a featured encounter with the Sirens near the islands of Anthemoessa. In addition, artists such as John Waterhouse, have also depicted Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens with their own interpretation of these temptatious creatures. Homer and
The Siren Song is a poem written by Margaret Atwood. The poem is narrated by sirens who are also the central characters of the poem. Sirens are Greek mythological creatures possessing enchanted voices luring sailors towards them, causing ships to crash on reefs near their island. The sirens were the daughters of the river god Achelous as well as the companions of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Demeter provided the sirens with wings with the intention of protecting her daughter.
he Odyssey was a book passed down orally from generation to generation, but there is a reason it is still alive. Mythological stories were thought up to scare or teach lessons that are way more in depth in their stories rather just the surface. For example, In The Odyssey the story of the Sirens was conceived as a tale to show how others react in certain situations. Odysseus is sailing through Poseidon’s ocean and is coming across the sea of the Sirens. Odysseus wants to be able to hear the Siren’s tail or song and survive.
In the Odyssey, Homer creates comparative relationships using metaphors and similes in order to expand upon themes. One interesting relationship in the epic is that between the poet and the hero. In this epic, the most prominent of the heroes are Odysseus and Telemakhos, and the most prominent poets are Demodokos and Homer. There are many different examples of relationships between the poet and the hero, but one of the more striking relationships is the similarity between the two. Through this comparison, Homer shows that both the poet and the hero cannot achieve greatness without pain or help, but instead need to suffer and need the help of an external guiding hand in order to achieve greatness.
In these three texts, somethings are the same, and some are not. Homer likes to emphasize on three main things; the heroism of Odysseus, the magic powers of sirens, and the steps Odysseus uses, told by Circe, take to get past the sirens. Whereas, “O’ Brother Where Art Thou,” emphasizes where Pete gets turned into a toad (according to Delmar), the spell of the sirens is being controlled by making the three men drink moonshine, yet the sirens still sing a song in the background. Lastly, Atwood emphasizes around the ideas, the sirens do not like being stuck on the island, the content of the song is stated many times, and that the three sirens are bored of being on the island. The authors of these three texts primarily emphasized their own things, they easily felt that their ideas were more important.
I love that Margaret Atwood chose to tell Penelope’s side of the story through Penelope’s point of view. It definitely makes the narrative of Odysseus and his journey much more interesting. However, the change in point of view causes the reader to question who is telling the true story – Homer or Penelope? Personally, I am having a hard time choosing what to believe and what not to believe; more specifically, I am conflicted over the character of Odysseus. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero whose only flaw is his pride.
Provide significant details about the author (120-1): Homer was a Greek poet and a bard. Style\5 conventions (121) - Invocation, which is a formal plea to aid, In medias res, is the the midst of all the action, epic simile, compare heroic events to everyday events, metrical structure, six stressed syllables per line, stock epithets, is a descriptive adjective or phrase that is repeatedly use. Philosophies (Women)- Homer believed that women were powerful and had powerful roles. Criticism- Homer saw women as powerful and strong but there weren’t a lot of women in the story. Literary Era\Age (103-113): The Epic Age is when the Iliad was made.
A clear example can be seen when Athena appears in Nausicaa’s dream, so that she is aware that Odysseus will make an appearance soon. This demonstrates an archetype hero’s quality, as they always receive supernatural help. In fact, Odysseus states that Athena’s “inspiration spurred [him]”, and the word spurred has a strong positive connotation Moreover, having special weapons is also a characteristic, and in The Odyssey, Odysseus’ bow and arrow are presented as symbols and are described using a Homeric simile. The bow and arrow symbolise Odysseus’ power, a quality that a hero must possess, and right as a ruler of Ithaca. In addition, Odysseus’ bow and arrow are presented as being special weapons as the epic simile compares it to a musician’s harp.
Homer’s Odyssey, a Greek epic poem, introduces mythological creatures, like the sirens, to an audience that becomes highly influenced and mesmerized by these creatures that it inspired new piece of literature. For example, Margaret Atwood dedicates a whole poem to the sirens, which is the first mentioned in The Odyssey as creatures that lures sailors to their death, but ,unlike the Odyssey, it is written in the point of view of the sirens. Even though the depiction of the sirens are distinct and told in different point of view, both pieces of writing, Homer’s Odyssey and Atwood’s “ Siren Song”, have similar elements of cleverness. Homer describes Odysseus as wise, which is a characteristic needs to help the crew escape disasters and deaths.