Essay about Siren Song By Margaret Atwood And The Odyssey

1094 Words Feb 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Often, individuals can find themselves enticed by appealing objects that can usually be lethal or deadly, much like Sirens. Sirens are mythical creatures that lure men with their captivating singing, ultimately forcing them to jump to their deaths. Their appearances are usually found in greek poetry like The Odyssey by Homer, or poetry with a more modern take on them, such as “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood. Both poems however, introduce readers to the Sirens with similar and different perspectives even though they are centered on the same subject. “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood and The Odyssey by Homer both differ in their portrayals of the Sirens. Both “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood and The Odyssey by Homer are narrated in different point of views. “Siren Song” is narrated in first person, through a Siren’s perspective. The Siren tells readers about a song that is irresistible to men, forcing them to jump overboard only to be met with their deaths even though they see the skeletons of those before them. She also notes that she does not “enjoy it here/ squatting on this island/ looking picturesque and mythical/ with these two feathery maniacs,/ I don’t enjoy singing” (Atwood). This section from the poems gives readers insight on how the Siren truly feels about what she does. It also shows readers how the Siren feels about the other two Sirens. The Siren shows how difficult the life of a Siren truly is, and the weight that comes with it. In book 10 of The Odyssey by…

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