Literary Analysis : The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Essay

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Literary Analysis: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Have you ever gone back to read the books that you once read as a kid? Did you grasp the message the book has the same way? Many people interpret books differently no matter what age they might be. While others think a book is controversial and should be censored, individuals may have an opposite view. For instance, the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is viewed in different ways. This story is about a female tree and a boy that can communicate with each other. They love each other and over the course of the boy’s life, he returns to her and she gives him all she has in order to make him happy; thus, making herself happy when he is. Silverstein’s use of the fable genre serves the purpose of showing the contrast between selflessness and selfishness along with numerous morals and life lessons. Even with the few controversial elements, it shouldn’t be a banned book because of all the aspects of reality that can be learned and gained from reading it. Fables are stories where inanimate objects are brought to life to help demonstrate an overall lesson. Being that the tree is able to communicate with the boy, their connection and formed relationship is able to be viewed and followed throughout the whole story. The boy goes back throughout his life and they are able to interact with one another and she is able to give to him. Fables help teach kids lessons as well as provide them entertainment. I feel that this aspect…

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