Odysseus Margaret Atwood Analysis

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In the story of Odysseus by Homer and Margaret Atwood's poem, they both introduce different outputs of the Sirens. Although both texts open the idea of what occurred and the message behind it, the excerpt leans on detailed explanations while the song introduces the actual meaning. Through the use of point of view, the reader is able to accommodate and visualize what is occurring. In the excerpt from Homer, Odysseus speaks on behalf of his experience. The excerpt readers, "...I stopped the ears of my comrades one by one." This elaborates on Odysseus' leadership, although he is tied up, he still cares for his crew, hence, allowing the encounter with the Sirens signify danger. In another case, the poem by Atwood utilizes the same point of view. Although they do present first person, the author allows the readers to relate by stating, "I will tell the secret to you, to you, only to you... This song is a cry for help! Help me! Only you, only you can, you are unique..." These words allow the reader to note the significance to …show more content…
In the Odyssey, Homer introduces imagery, "Now with a sharp sudden sword I sliced an ample wheel of beeswax down into pieces... the wax soon grew soft." By allowing the reader to visualize the image, it then plays an important role in their safety and then allowing Odysseus to show his heroic actions. Without the beeswax, they could have been in great danger. In response, the "Siren Song" introduces the poetic device, diction. The poem states, "...even they see the beached skull, the song nobody knows because anyone who has heard it is dead, and the others can't remember." Relating back to the excerpt, the beeswax is in correspondence to the ones who cannot remember the siren for they could not hear it. If you heard the siren, you were lured and then killed. Although the author could have utilized the word "beeswax," Atwood shifted into a more profound

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