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.
The sirens can be described as evil, creepy, and shameless. While the crewmen are scared. Odysseus is being tortured because he wants to go to the sirens to help, but there is nothing Odysseus can do about it because he is tied up to the boat. The painting communicates the idea that the crewmen are struggling and miserable while book 12 communicates the idea that Odysseus is a great leader. The poem communicates the idea that humans are stupid.
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.
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).
The Greek epic poem, the Odyssey, was told by Homer but the date of its creation is unknown. Even though the book mainly focuses on Odysseus, the monsters such as Polyphemus, have an important role. Homer portrays Polyphemus the cyclops as uncivilized throughout Book 9. He does this to show us to reinforce the morals of Odysseus and increase conflict and tension.
Odysseus explains his encounter with the Sirens through the use of his own words and point of view. This first person point of view allows the audience to experience the expectation and preparation of a one on three confrontation with the three mythical characters. He portrays them as a sort of contradiction between the beautifully magical and all things destructive and horrid. By using diction, Odysseus enforces this and uses phrases such as “thrilling song” and “honeyed voices,” to describe the Sirens song, setting them up against the images of a rocky sea with “whitecaps.” Likewise, there is evidence of the conflicting nature of the Sirens with the rhythm of the phrase “Sirens sensed at once a ship” and the dissonance of the phrase “Come
The allusion to the Sirens from Greek mythology in “Song to the Siren” and “Sirens Song” is included to show the detrimental effects of deceit and allurement on humans today, as well as the simplicity in manipulating them. The song “Sirens Song” is describing how a prostitute lures men in towards them by their beauty. It displays that “All he needed was to hear what was in front of him/ A song sang too many times” (Miss May I). The allusion to the Sirens exemplifies the level of deceit and manipulation that the harlot used on the man. Similarly to the Sirens, the harlot will cause harm and bring danger to the man she is tricking, showing how humans are just as easy to manipulate today as they were thousands of years ago.
The Odyssey written by Homer and the Siren Song, by Margaret Atwood both use imagery, symbolism, different tones and different point of view to depict Sirens. The Odyssey surrounds a man who hears the Sirens song, but uses different tactics to survive it, although the Siren Song is written as if the written is a siren trying to prey on the readers. The difference of narrators tells the story of the Sirens in two very different
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 cursed with a spell it tells you that in the poem. The sirens in the odyssey represent more than just a maritime danger to the passing ship. They are the desires of man that cannot have. The
In the poem “Helen” by Hilda Doolittle, and “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood the author shows the non-traditional viewpoint of both poems on characters of Greek Mythology where in “Helen” is about a beautiful and gorgeous woman a demigod who is the daughter of Zeus is hated upon with prejudice by the people around her in Greece, While in “Siren Song” the other is a creature a Siren who cannot stop the fact that her songs kill anyone who hears it, even though she is against the fact her songs keep killing people, and wants to stop it she cannot. In “Helen” by Hilda Doolittle, is about a child of Zeus, named Helen who is a wonderful, beautiful, and gorgeous woman that despite her beauty and wonder is hated by everyone in Greece, for the past actions she has done to them. For example as in the text, “. . . remembering past enchantments and past ills.”
One can tell Odysseus’ need for Nostos when Circe gives him directions when passing the island of the Sirens. “She says, whoever draws too close [to the island], off guard, and catches the Sirens’ voices in the air – no sailing home for him, no wife rising to meet him, no happy children beaming up at their father’s face” (Book 12). If Odysseus did not care about what he has back home, he probably would have fell to the voices of the Sirens. However, when Odysseus approaches the island of the Sirens, he is bound to the ship to hear the songs of the Sirens, in which no one has ever lived past.