The Odyssey vs. Siren Song

The Odyssey vs. Siren Song

Monica Callava February 9, 2010 Mrs. Pedroso Duration 2 The Odyssey vs. Siren Tune Some people have one inanimate things in their lives that they discover so enticing that they are incapable of standing up to. One things that draws them into a deep trap not giving them any opportunity to withstand. In Margaret Atwood’s “Siren Tune” in addition to Homer’s The Odyssey the one inanimate object all men can not seem to withstand is a Siren calling them in. In “Siren Song” we see a portrayal of this tempting lure by one Siren’s tune as simply a teasing monotony, while in The Odyssey the Siren is seen as a poisonous desire.

Both these poems represent these characteristics of the Siren through perspective, tone, and imagery. Homer’s The Odyssey is a narrative informed by Odysseus, King of Ithaca, at sea on his way back home from the Trojan War. Odysseus was a guy respected by his smart ideas. He felt he was positive that he might get rid of the Siren and her call to him and be the very first man ever to have lived through the Siren’s call. He had his team put beeswax in their ears and tie him down so they couldn’t hear the Siren’s lure and be tempted to steer in towards her direction.

Odysseus informs us “The heart inside me pulsated to listen longer.” By stating this Odysseus shows us how sexy and appealing the Siren was. In Margaret Atwood’s poem “Siren Tune” the Siren herself is telling us about her life. She states her tune is not to deceive anyone, but simply a cry for assistance. The Siren tells us “This tune is a cry for help: Assist me!” This demonstrates how the Siren does not enjoy her life which she wants assistance getting out. The Siren’s tone in both The Odyssey and “Siren Tune” is both positive and manipulative.

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  • Loyalty In The Odyssey

The Siren uses lovely to seduce the guys to come closer to her. In The Odyssey the Siren flatters Odysseus by calling him “well-known Odysseus.” She seduces him by informing him to come closer, cause when he does he will be “a smarter male.” Utilizing lovely to seduce Odysseus shows how tempting and manipulating the Siren is to guys. In “Siren Tune” the Siren is confident that no male can resist her. She controls and flatters guys by telling them “Only you, only you can. She techniques the men by informing them only they can free her from her boredom. Through the imagery of both Homer and Margaret Atwood we see the distinction in the Siren’s mindset in each poem. In The Odyssey, the Siren says, “honeyed voices pouring from our lips.” This images is a sexy technique used by the Siren to lure the men closer. Odysseus tells us that his heart desired more. This shows how the desire to get closer to the Siren was poisonous. In “Siren Tune” the Siren uses imagery to mock herself and make the reader feel bad for her.

She informs us that she is “crouching on the island looking picturesque and legendary.” It is presumed that she is merely unhappy and bored where she is. The portrayals of the Siren in The Odyssey and “Siren Tune” can be compared through viewpoint, tone, and imagery. In Homer’s poem the Siren is seen as a tempting desire, a toxic aspiration that controlled and mesmerized males to come better. In “Siren Song” the Siren is represented as simply a ridiculing boredom. She herself informs us that to her it is uninteresting, “However it works every time. “

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