Damsels in Distress The Odyssey is an epic that describes many of the beliefs of the ancient Greeks. One of the myths that is mentioned in it is the story of Odysseus and the Sirens. In the myth, Odysseus and his men sail near where the Sirens live. The Sirens attempt to lure the men to their deaths with her song, but Odysseus has his men plug their ears and tie him to the mast so he can hear the song. They resist the song and escape with their lives.
The idea that sirens are intoxicating but indesirable is continued in “Sirens Song” by the band, Miss May I. A section of the first stanza reads “A harlot caught his eye/ Over the queen he had/ the queen by her side”(Miss May I). These three lines would indicate that the ‘queen’ is the speaker and the ‘harlot’ is a woman competing with her for a man. The ‘queen’s’ pain is expressed when she says “Oh what a siren can do to a man with open ears”(Miss May I). Connecting the dots, the poem is about a man that was with a woman, but was ensnared by another woman.
A snapshot of what the island looks like is depicted when Odysseus reiterates Circe’s forewarnings to his crew: ““First, she warns, we must steer clear of the sirens, their enchanting song, their meadow starred with flowers” (276:172). They live in a “meadow starred with flowers.” It makes sense that the Sirens would want to make the appearance of their island aesthetically pleasing, because they want to seduce men in all aspects in order to draw them in. So not only will the men want to be in the presence of the Sirens because of their offerings of knowledge and wisdom, but the island itself won’t seem too bad either because of its colorful meadows and supposedly luscious foliage. For the sake of charming the mentally-challenged men, the Sirens make sure to keep their island’s appearance just as appealing and seductive as their own
Another example of “the pitfalls of temptation” is when birdlike-creatures try to lure Odysseus’ men away from their boat. Odysseus warns his men that the creatures are coming, but they do not know when they will come. When the creatures approach Odysseus and his men, they start to lure them
In “Siren Song,” the sirens are illustrated as beautiful and mystical creatures that obtain power among men through their seduction. The siren is most commonly known within Greek mythology such as Homer’s Odyssey. Margaret Atwood uses the creature for the foundation upon which she builds the poem. The speaker of the poem is the siren itself. The sirens are made up of half bird and half human.
This book gave Sirens the spotlight which made them more popular and well known. In the book, Odysseus and his crew plugged their ears with beeswax so that they could not hear the song of the Sirens. According to ‘Sparknotes.com” the Sirens song is so suductive that Odysseus begged to be released from his fetters, but his faithful men only bind him tighter. The two most famous Sirens in Greek mythology is Charybdis and Scylla. Charybdis was a drowning vessel while Scylla was a destructing vessel.
The Sirens are portrayed differently in Homer’s The Odyssey and Atwood’s “Siren Song.” Their use of diction is eloquently written with different tones and point of view. With this, they deliver two stories of the Sirens. In The Odyssey, tone is extremely critical. Written in Odysseus’ point of view, the Sirens are creatures set to kill sailors. His frantic tone sets the image of the Sirens being monsters and villainous.
Odysseus always wanted to be the man who did what no man could do. This is very apparent in “The Odyssey” and “Siren Song”, two different works by two different authors in two different formats all about the same story. Odysseus deliberately faced the Siren’s death trap so that he could feel like a better man than any other. The Odyssey and Siren Song have very contrasting perspectives on the sirens intentions. In The Odyssey, Homer uses a very dramatic tone with vivid imagery when describing the Siren’s “ravishing voices” and the “chafing rope” used to bind Odysseus.
In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus focuses his attention on gaining the Greek ideal of kleos while disregarding his men and their safety. After receiving advice to focus his attention on getting him and his men back alive, Odysseus still puts them at danger for his own good. His desire to return home a hero and the advice he receives conflict him, but he ultimately chooses to follow the former. When Odysseus is informed that he can be tied down without wax in his ears to be able to listen to the Sirens, he changes that message and presents it to his men as if only he is meant to listen to the Sirens. He makes this statement based off of his need to be able to say that he had heard the sirens and that he lived through it as well.
There are sundry items emphasized in these three texts. Not only is the song and spell highlighted in “The Odyssey”, but also the challenge Odysseus and his crew had to face(Homer). “O Brother Where Art Thou?” discusses the women who sing the Siren song, the spell, and the disappearance of the men. The poem accentuates the Siren song (Atwood). Odysseus wanted to surrender to the captivating song of the Sirens, but the ropes hindered him.
“ Whoever draws too close, of guard, and catches the Sirens’ voices in the air -- no sailing for him, no wife rising to meet him, no happy children beaming up at their father’s face…” (272). Sirens, female creatures who lure men to death by their voices, is one of monsters Odysseus meets on his way back home. I have heard this story long time ago and really interested in it so I decide to do Siren for my art pieces. I choose picture because I can give viewer a direct image of what the scene is like and they can get better idea what’s happening on there. When I read Siren’s story, I thought they are mermaids.
Knowing I could not survive of this boat alone, I have to protect Pi. The hyena stands above my head growling foaming at the mouth about to lunge, the hyena takes irs first leap and I jump out with my razor sharp teeth killing the hyena in a single bite. Pi does get extremely scared and falls backwards almost going overboard. I did not want the hurt him so I take a step back and sit. He got in a fighting pose and I just sat.