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Shel Silverstein Essay
Nicole Turner
ENC 1102
Mrs. S. Padgett–Giorda
Critical Research Essay on Shel Silverstein
While many will point to poets such as Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath when speaking intellectually
about the work that was produced by their pens, one should not overlook the valuable contributions
of Shel Silverstein. From his first publication, The Giving Tree, to his final work, Falling Up,
Silverstein entertained generations of children and parents alike with his use of poetry. His work,
specifically in 1981's A Light in the Attic, has been used as the backbone for many educators'
introduction of poetry to students. Entries like "Hot Dog," "Homework Machine," "Superstitious,"
"Messy Room," and "The Sitter" work on many levels with multiple ... Show more content on
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While the machine has good intentions from the start, it does not turn out so well: "Here it is– 'nine
plus four?' and the answer is 'three.'" (Silverstein 57) We see a morality to his craft. In a world where
so many people stress perfection, he was trying to show the importance of imperfection to readers,
parents and educators alike. By the time A Light in the Attic was released, Silverstein knew who
would be reading his writing. The publication was his second collection, and many were already
familiar with him and his writing. He knew the positive effect he could have on teachers and others
that would eventually influence young minds themselves. He used his poetry as a pedestal.
"Homework Machine" was a prime example of that intention. In the prime of writing career,
Silverstein was counted on to help relay a combination of entertainment, education and morality to
children that few have the ability to convey. Silverstein's creative use of the English language
reappears in the poem "Hot Dog." Drawing parallels between a hot dog and a normal dog, he
envisions what changes a boy and his family would have to make if they were to keep a hot dog as a
pet as opposed to the latter. Obviously, this is where the entertainment value of the poem takes
place. Images such as "a butcher for
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12 / 9 / Shel Silverstein
Tyler Washington
Dwivevdi
Final Paper
12/9/14
Shel Silverstein literary paper
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930. Shel Silverstein was a song
writing musician, author, and an illustrator. He spent his early life serving in the U.S. Army during
1950. He was a cartoonist for many different magazines, and when he joined Playboy, his work
became national known. While working at Playboy he started his career of writing poems and songs.
Some of his best known works were The Giving Tree, The Missing Piece, and Where the Sidewalk
ends. He is also Grammy winner for his song "A Boy Named Sue" which a very famous name in
music had performed for him, and he was also nominated for an Oscar. But what were the things ...
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Which is funny in its self because we all know the running joke being nobody reads playboy for the
articles. At this time Shel became a musician, composing some hit country songs, he officially
started his career of being a poet. Poetry is a piece of writing that is used to express one's inner
feeling and emotions, but it can also be written for fun as a pastime. His books were loved by people
of all ages, and one of his hit books showed the true meaning of friendship of his books were about
how bonds between things can last a life time, and they were very funny making people enjoy his
work. These types of books became international famous all around the world by many children and
parents.
Now what were the real things that help him start his journey? What were the things that made Shel
Silverstein into the author that he was by the end of his life and how many things impacted Shel
Silverstein's writing life? When he was young he dreamed to be a good baseball player, so that he
can be popular with the girls. But when he tried to play baseball he was very bad, and no girls
wanted to be with him because nothing is worse than someone who is bad at something and tries too
hard to try to look good at it. Because of that, Shel started his career in writing, and illustrating
pictures. By the time the girls were interested in him due to the fact he was better with his words
other than his physical
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Analysis Of ' Where The Sidewalk Ends ' A Poem Analysis
Research Paper and Poem Analysis: Shel Silverstein
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" A poem analysis Have you ever been scared to cross the street when
you were a child? Have you ever sat and stared at the paint that is on the road and wondered if that
is what is keeping you safe? Shel Silverstein's poem, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" a three stanza
poem, and is in the view of a child. It is very descriptive about what the child is seeing also. I
believe that Silverstein was trying to get kids to understand that the lines of the street are to protect
them, and that he loved kids, because he wrote so much poetry and so many books for children. In
the first stanza of " Where the sidewalk ends," Silverstein is explaining the scene, with nice
descriptive words, "There is a place where the sidewalk ends / and before the street begins, / and
there the grass grows soft and white, / and there the sun burns crimson bright, / and there the moon–
bird rests from his flight / to cool in the peppermint wind" (1–6). The word choice and descriptive
language definitely brought me back to a time when I was younger. Silverstein obviously didn't
follow any set rules, he made it his very own. The place I think he might be talking about is the
borderline between night and day, or sun and the moon. It's the middle of two things that are
opposites. The second stanza mostly focuses on explaining that if you follow the guidelines then you
will not be harmed. For example, "Past the pits where the asphalt
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Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
Diagnostic essay: The Important Message from The Giving Tree
This year marks the 54th anniversary of the unforgettable, controversial, and heartbreaking book,
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The simplicity of the illustrations and words has had lasting
impressions on countless readers from numerous generations. This easy to remember book has been
embedded in my memory from the first time I read it in elementary.
The Giving Tree was about the relationship between a boy and a tree that was personified as a
woman. In the beginning the tree and the boy were happy playing together, spending time together,
and just genuinely enjoyed each other's company. Then the boy started growing up consequently
spending less time with the tree. The times
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Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Analysis
A Formalist Analysis: Stemming from The Giving Tree
All literature, even simple children's books, can be analyzed through multiple lenses. The children's
book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein can be examined through a Formalist standpoint for a
deeper meaning. The Giving Tree describes the relationship between a boy and a tree. The young
boy plays on the tree every day and the tree starts to grow fond of him, but as the boy grows older
he outgrows his childish nature and wishes to live his life. From the outside, this story may just
seem like a story that children read before bedtime, however within the story, there are many hidden
meanings woven into the intricate writing. Studying the unity, form, and diction of The Giving Tree
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Within the text is the dialogue, "'Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be
happy'" (Silverstein 42–43). The tree constantly asks the boy whether he would like to play with her,
and every time the boy refuses. This situation occurs three times and every single time the situation
plays out in a similar way where boy refuses to play, but asks for something instead. This shows the
love of the tree and the neglect of the boy. The tree believes that by making the boy happy it will
make herself happy, but in reality it does not. The text states, "'I am too big to climb and play' said
the boy. 'I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money'" (Silverstein 24–27)? The boy
replies in a similar manner every single time the tree asks to play. By the third time this dialogue
between the tree and the boy is said, it is possible to understand what is going to happen next. The
recurrence of this event is not only stylistic, but it also helps convey the tragic relationship between
the boy, a narcissistic taker, and the tree, a compulsive enabler. Not only does the recurrence of
event display a hidden meaning, but symbols portray obscure messages as
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The Invisible Man And The Giving Tree By Shell Silverstein
As important and necessary literature is for many things, such as introducing and connecting broad
thoughts, ideas, and topics to people, not all literature is suited for the masses. Most literature
contains hard to grasp concepts with underlying themes and ideas. Introduce formalism, the
formalist literary criticism acts as a way to simplify and convey the complex topics that are not
explained thoroughly in most literature. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, and The Giving Tree by
Shell Silverstein are two works of literature that convey important ideas that literature does, without
the complex layers most literature has. The Formalist or "New" literary criticism is reflected in both
of these books through their style, tone, and structure. The style in both novels is simple first–person
and third person point of view. Though it may seem trivial, the point of view helps the author
effectively convey the message of their story without hidden messages, plots, and themes to
decipher. In The Invisible Man, Wells had to imagine how one might feel with no physical
appearance, full of shame for his experiments gone awry, and longing to regain what he had and
who he once was and put those thoughts and feelings into words. Shell Silverstein uses dialogue
between a boy and a tree to teach, and convey ideas of unconditional love, and selflessness in The
Giving Tree. "Distinguishing between kinds of writing not according to their different forms but
according to their unequal
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Shel Silverstein Research Paper
Shel Silverstein "Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking
about it" (Shel Silverstein). Shel Silverstein said this quote meaning that you don't need to explain
your actions because the action itself says it all. Shel Silverstein created tons of award winning
children's poems, books, songs, and illustrations, used writing to overcome many problems and
illuminated the world with his creative style of writing and word choice.
Shel Silverstein created songs, witty children's poem, illustrated children's poems, and even wrote
screenplays. Shel Silverstein had a unique style of writing and accompanying black and white
creative illustrations ("Shel Silverstein," 1999, Encyclopedia). There is so much symbolism in Shel
Silverstein's work and his poem can be seen as amusing and fun or can be viewed as deeper and
cruel ("Shel Silverstein," 1999, Encyclopedia). Shel silverstein is most known for the children
poems that he wrote.The most ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
Shel Silverstein is known for his much loved children's books written with humor and unique
illustrations ("Shel Silverstein," 2000, Encyclopedia). Shel Silverstein showed people a new type of
children's poems with his four best selling books The Giving Tree, A light in the Attic, Where the
Sidewalk Ends, and Falling Up ("Shel Silverstein," 2001). Together those four books have sold over
eighteen million copies in twenty languages around the globe ("Shel Silverstein," 2001). Shel
Silverstein also won tons of awards because of how he illuminated the world. One of the awards
Shel Silverstein won is the William Allen White Children's Book Award in 1984 for A Light in the
Attic ("Shel Silverstein,"2000, Newsmakers). Overall Shel Silverstein has illuminated society with
his quirky childrens poems opening up a whole new world of children's
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Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree, published in October, 1964 is a world famous children's book authored by Shel
Silverstein. The book is heathy mix of illustrations (done by Silverstein) and text, making it perfect
for a young child to read. The illustrations are interactions of the tree and the boy, the two principal
characters. Silverstein's language in this book is targeted towards his youthful audience, as the
diction and syntax are not complex and enable the reader to wholly focus upon the plot and serious
ethical queries posed within the book. I first read this book in 2nd grade by myself. In my school in
India we were required to check out a book every week from the library. I chose The Giving Tree by
complete luck as I found the title to be
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Essay on Shel Silverstein
	Few writers of the twentieth century have made nearly the same impact on the literary
society than Sheldon Allan Silverstein. His writing encompasses a broad range of styles, from adult
to children's, comical to unusual. One of his most common styles was that of fantasy: actions and
events that cannot logically happen. This style was evident in his works, the Loser, Thumb Face,
Warning, Squishy Touch, and Skin Stealer. Through the description of these absurd circumstances,
Silverstein was able to entertain readers of all ages.
	In Sely Friday's reference to a biography, Shel Silverstein was quoted as saying,
" . . . I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I
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The problem occurs in the story when the person cannot find the head because almost all sensory
perception went along with the head. In the end, the person says, " . . . I guess I'll sit
down / On this rock / And rest for just a minute . . . ." (p. 25). The rock, as the picture
accompanying the poem shows, turns out to be the person's lost head. This story is obviously
impossible considering the biological fact that when a person is decapitated, his/her life ceases.
However, with the use of simple end rhyme and an amusing story, Silverstein is able to present a
light–hearted view of what could have been a tragedy.
	Thumb Face, included in A Light in the Attic, is another example of Silverstein's use of
fantasy. The first line of the poem basically says it all: "There is a face upon my thumb . .
.." (p. 55). For all practical purposes, this is an absurd situation. The speaker goes on to
describe the features of the small face on his/her thumb. Certain descriptions of the face imply a
sense of minuteness and leave the reader feeling compassionate for it because of its size. For
example, Silverstein wrote, "It has a little twisty mouth, / And yellow teethies,
too." Again, Silverstein uses end rhyme in the pattern of "a b c b,"
which helps move the story along in a definite rhythm. While the subject matter is irrational,
Silverstein uses vivid descriptions and a straightforward picture
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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
Favour Uche
Ms. Jorges
American lit
11 January, 2018.
The Giving Tree.
The key aspect discussed in the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is the relationship
between giving and friendship. Should the act of giving be equal between friends? Should giving be
solely on one person or should it be on either of them? Well the author of The Giving Tree believes
that true friendship sacrifices all selflessly. He acknowledges that true friendship should give up all
for the sake of the other partner and in this essay, we will explore how the author defines a true
friendship.
In the text it states "But I have no money...take my apples, boy, and sell them in the city. Then you
will have money and you will be happy." This text reveals a tree going
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Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Essay
Have you ever felt like you have gave someone that's very special to you numerous of things
& never received nothing back from it because "doesn't matter at all" and you love them so much
that it's okay? I do. Many people have felt like The Giving Tree where they have gave someone
plenty of things and the person you care for only comes whenever just to ask you for something. In
the Book, The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein, Is about a friendship between The Boy and a
Tree.The boy uses the tree for various of things as they both age. Each thing that the boy takes from
the tree makes the tree weak. Silverstein took on a Selfless love type of feeling happy in the
beginning, sad in the middle and happy at the end. The theme shows about giving out to those you
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Once in a while, the boy would come back to tree and uses the tree for various of activities. The boy
is trying earn money in order to buy things and doesn't know how to start and needs help from
someone. "I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money. Can you give me some money?"
"I'm sorry, "said the tree, "but I have no money. I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy,
and sell them in the city.Then you will have money and you will be happy." (page 31 )It starts off
with the boy asking for money to buy things
& the boy comes to find out that trees doesn't grow money but the tree gives him something that she
already has and gives it to the boy for him to sell around the city and try to earn money.
This is only the beginning for them and the boy awaits for his new life to begin.
As time go by the tree and the boy are getting older. But their friendship they has taken a turn.The
boy was always focused on his life and forgot about the tree , it becomes
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Silverstein's The Giving Tree
Even though there are some similarities between these two books, The Giving Tree was written with
no known religious intention. It was first published in 1964 by Harper & Row and was written and
illustrated by Silverstein (Levy). He was a controversial children's book author due to his long
connection with Playboy and his lack of patience around families. Despite this, Silverstein sold
more than ten million copies of The Giving Tree, as it still remains a classic picture book. It has a
prominent green cover but the words and pictures are printed in black and white and displayed in a
minimalistic manner. There are many interpretations of what the actual relationship of the boy and
tree is based on. A mother and son's bond is one that always ... Show more content on
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The apple leaving the tree's branches shows a foreshowing of the sacrifice the tree will give. The
boy is looking up at the tree, smiling in anticipation for what is about to come down. Apples and
trees are constant symbols in The Bible. There are a few tufts of grass growing around the bottom of
the tree and initials that are carved by the boy. These two things never go away, even when just a
stump is left. The ever–budding grass and the permanent letters can be seen as a love that never dies
for the boy even when the tree is stripped of life. Psalm 1:3 states " He will be like a tree firmly
planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither" (Holy
Bible: King James Version). This quote from The Bible shows that Jesus Christ is compared to a tree
and will always flourish and be willing to give fruit if possible. The tree that is the main character in
the book and is the ultimate biblical
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Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois 1932 and died May 10, 1999 from a heart attack. Shel
Silverstein was a well know and well liked author/poet. Silverstein noticed his talents when he was
twelve years old. When most boys are playing sports and chasing girls, Shel was at home writing
and drawing original pieces. His talents were well –developed by the time he served in the US
Armed Forces during the 1950's. While in the military he was a cartoonist for the Pacific Edition of
the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. After his time spent in the military he became a cartoonist
for Playboy in 1956. Those works for Playboy were then published into collections named " A
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The question is: Is poetry relevant in the year 2005? I personally feel that poetry is what a person
makes of it. Some people hate poetry so they do not read it at all. Other people (like me) love poetry
so in my world and theirs it is relevant. To teenagers today poetry and reading has been taken over
by T.V, movies and music. Poetry is not as relevant to people today because before there was not
T.V and movies, now a days people do not have to sit down and read to entertain themselves they
can just flip a switch to watch T.V.
Works Cited
Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends – 30th Annivarsary Edition New York: HarperCollins,
2004
Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. New York: HaperCollins, 1981
Shel Silverstein Offical Website. www.ShelSilverstein.com
Shel Silverstein Biography.
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Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree Every author has their own unique niche that grabs the reader's attention and pulls
them in. They paint a picture with their words and imagination that allows the reader to go on a
journey they never have experienced before. Each author is this way, but within his or her own
uniqueness they become significantly different. The uniqueness can rage from early 1800s British
authors to twenty–first century authors and they can range author to author. For example, Shel
Silverstein is not only a unique author but quirky and fun, he paints wild pictures through the words
of his story and takes his readers on an adventure of a lifetime. By reading and analyzing the work
of an author you can connect with not only the work but the author themselves, you gain a better
understanding and through this understanding you can connect the piece to your own life. Shel
Silverstein once said, "If you're a dreamer come on in" (Shel Silverstein Quotes)a quote that
explains him quite well. Silverstein was a man of imagination who created his work with his own
style and added a touch of quirkiness to each piece he wrote. He never wrote a plain piece or a piece
that didn't have some kind of twist within it, his work never bored. Silverstein not only wrote
children's stories but explored other areas of creativity such as music. Although Silverstein covered
a broad area of creativity; songwriting, poems, author, and cartoonist he is most know for his
children's stories. One
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Shel Silverstein's Where The Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois and began writing at a very young age. He is the
author of children's literature like "Everything On It" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends". In 1963, he
met an editor named Ursula Nordstrom who inspired him about writing a book that is suited for
children. In the book "Everything On It", Silverstein added humor and laughs for the children who
read the book, but still be able to add a life lesson. However, in the book "Where the Sidewalk
Ends", he wanted to inform adults to look back on their own childhood and look for the moments
that gave them joy. When writing those books, Silverstein used different styles when writing his
poems. For example, he uses rhyming, punctuation, rhythm, and tone to engage children and make
them enjoy his poems, but still be able to portray his message or lesson from each poem to kids.
First of all, Silverstein uses the elements, rhyming and rhythm in most of his poems to make readers
more engaged and so they can easily understand what the poem is trying to say. In the poem
"Masks" from the book " Every Thing On It", it presents four lines of rhyming, "She had blue skin,
and so did he, he kept it hid, and so did she". The words she and he both rhyme, however the words
skin and hid don't rhyme. That's ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
In the poem " Years From Now" from the book "Every Thing On It" the following lines states,
"Although I cannot see your face, as you flip these poems awhile, somewhere from some far–off
place, I hear you laughing–and I smile." Punctuation is in every poem as it's used to be at the end of
every line, but the punctuation used in this poem makes it even more powerful and meaningful. This
poem's meaning is to say that when the author, Shel Silverstein passes away and when he's off
someplace else and "cannot see your face", he tells his readers that he will assure them that they will
laugh and in return Silverstein will
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A Brief Biography of Shel Silverstein
When looking at Shel Silverstein it is very important important to consider his early life. Shel was
born on September 25 1932 to Nathan and Helen Silverstein, who were divorced. He was born in
Chicago Il. He died May 8 1999 he left behind one son named Matthew (Contemporary Authors
Online ).Shel grew up in Chicago, He began as a writer and cartoonist in the 50's ( Publishers
Weekly). Shel was a muscular man that dressed like a cowboy. When he was writing he was 40 and
up to date with what was going on in the world (http://www.shelsilverstein.com/about/)."When I
was a kid . . . I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I
couldn't play ball, I couldn't dance . . . so I started to draw and write. I was lucky that I didn't have
anyone to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style"
(http://www.shelsilverstein.com/about/#). Shel Silverstein's art may look weird and commercial but
he has achieved so much with his three books. ( Kimmel ). "It's safe to say that Silverstein's
dramatic output is not going to have the enduring appeal of his famous children's books such as The
Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends" (Isherwood). When researching Shel Silverstein make
sure you give him credit for his many talents. Shel was already good at writing and drawing when
he joined the armed forces (Kimmel). He also composed songs (Contemporary Authors Online).
Shel learned how to play guitar
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Shel Silverstein Influences
Shel Silverstein is a popular American cartoonist, singer, songwriter, playwright and author. He is
mostly known for his children books including the popular, The Giving Tree and Where the
Sidewalk Ends. Surprisingly, Shel Silverstein did not always care for children literature. In fact, he
criticized the sappy endings of happy children stories. However, he was eventually convinced by a
friend to transform stereotypical children's book and he able to become successful in creating clever
and humorous poems and books.
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930. Growing up he had a strong
devotion to the Chicago White Soxs. Despite his love for the game of baseball he lacked athletic
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He was a cartoonist for the Pacific edition of the U.S. Military's newspaper, Stars and Stripes. When
he got back from war he began drawing for various magazines including Sports Illustrated. He
however did not start getting poplar until his cartoons appeared in Playboy. While working at
Playboy, he began writing music and poems for different magazines. When Silverstein first began
his career in the arts he did not have many influences. His tour of duty however is said to have
influenced his dark worldview. The music he wrote was a big influence in the poems he wrote and
they were often directly connected. It wasn't until 1963 that Silverstein actually began writing things
for children. Before this he viewed children literature as too sweet and condescending with nothing
but happy storylines. He was finally convinced to start writing children's literature after he met a
book editor named Ursual Nordstrom who told him he should just change the things about children's
literature that he did not like. And that is just what he did; he reversed the idiotic stories into more
realistic portrayals of human life. At first many people did not approve of his writings. They thought
his stories were too inappropriate for children but also too simple for adults. He ended up bridging
children's literature with adult literature. One of his biggest influences for writing children books
and poems was that he just didn't like that children literature that was out there and wanted to see
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Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree
The Weak Giving Tree " You are weak when you lie because you aren't strong enough to face the
truth" – quotediary.me The book " The Giving tree" written by Shel Silverstein was created into a
children's book in 1964. This book was written for children but, it also had certain ideas for older
people. The book is about a tree and how much she loves a boy. She loves this boy so much that she
would do anything for him even if it ended up hurting her. In the book " The Giving Tree" Shel
Silverstein emphasized that the Giving Tree was weak because she loved the boy more than herself,
she let the boy take whatever he wanted from her just to make him happy including, things that
made her who she was, and she never taught ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
In the book " The Giving Tree" Shel Silverstein wrote "Cut down my trunk and make a boat. Then
you can sail away... and be happy" She immediately gave her trunk away to make the boy feel
happy. She didn't even think about how the boy was going to use the wood to sail far away from her.
The Giving Tree gave up many things for the boy and not once thought about what she wanted. In "
The Giver" Shel Silverstein also wrote " And the tree was happy... but not really." The giving tree
gave up so many things for the boy. But each time she gave up something for the boy and then he
immediately left, and it made her feel heartbroken. To avoid being heart broken the Giving Tree
could easily not give the boy anything but because she cares more about the boy than herself she
continued to hurt herself just to make the boy happy. The Giving Tree let boy take everything from
her no matter what. She never once thought about herself, which lead some people to think she was
strong, but if you never second guess yourself and stand up for yourself, you aren't taking chances.
You aren't standing up for what is right. Giving tree loved the boy so much that she never thought to
second guess herself and do the right
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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Meaning
The Giving Tree is a sentimental poem by Shel Silverstein. The main lesson of this poem revolves
around absolute selflessness, it's evident. However, despite this essential, meaningful teaching, there
are other underlying themes that are just as influential, if not more. These other lessons, perhaps, are
vital to a happy life. The Giving Tree preaches around ideas like: going barefoot, just being there for
someone, and that happiness is a place between too much and too little. The relevancy of these life
lessons are indescribable.
Firstly, going barefoot might be the way to walk. The meaning of this short phrase conveys that the
stress–free life of a naive child running barefoot in the yard is something taken for granted. People
are too busy pushing kids into their future that they forget, sometimes childhood is what they should
be revisiting. The hardships of life is something only people with a certain maturity can fully effect.
"Once there was a tree....and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would
gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her
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What this quote conveys is that having too little is an evident struggle, financially, support, a home,
a loss is a loss. It's an emptiness that has yet to be filled. It is a place where genuine happiness has a
hard time taking place. However, throughout the poem, throughout the boy's life, he keeps coming
back to the tree asking for things. He picked her apples to receive money. He took her branches to
build himself a house. He cut her down to use her trunk to make himself a boat. He had all these
wonderful things expecting happiness as a result, but still came back to her. Utter happiness is a
great pair with contemptment. Not too much, but not too little. It took the boy years to realize this,
until he was an old
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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
What do you do when you get a scrape on your knee? Or if your having a bad day and you want to
have someone to talk to? Many people go to their mother when they get hurt, emotionally or
physically. Mothers works hard and make sacrifices so we have a better life. In the book "The
Giving Tree", the author Shel Silverstein uses the tree as a "mother" of the little boy because the tree
played with the boy. The tree also would also give what she had to the boy, she would sacrifice what
she had to make the boy happier. It would take care of the boy.
The tree would love to play with the boy. From page 5 through 10 it shows how much the boy and
the tree would play together. It shows all the things they would do when the boy was younger. "...he
would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up
her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide–and–go–seek." It
is like how a mother and son play a lot together when he is young. All the things the boy and the tree
would do, the mother and son do also. A mother also takes care of her child.
The tree would take care of the boy. When the boy would come each time to ask for something the
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When the boy was tired he would sleep in the tree's shade. On page 11 and 30 it shows when the tree
shows care to the boy. On page 11 it says, "And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade."
And on page 30 it says, ""well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. sit
down and rest." This shows that the tree is very caring every time the boy would ask for something
she would gladly give it to him. And when the boy came for the last time she was still glad to help
out when the boy was tired. Mothers gladly give what the child wants. They care about them. For
example when her child is tired, they could rest on their lap or the mother would take them to their
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Shel Silverstein Satire
Laughter is a crucial thing in our everyday lives and is something you will inevitably do when you
are reading Shel Silverstein's poems. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Uncle Ben
found a mouse in the house or what a woman in a mink coat fought for? In all of his poems Shel
Silverstein uses humor to make a connection with the reader. Shel Silverstein was a jack of all
trades, not only was he a fantastic author, but he was also a musician! Although in Shel Silverstein's
work he does not have a deeper meaning or connection to his life, often times his poems have a
moral. In all of Shel Silverstein's poems, you can see his creative and humorous sides. Shel
Silverstein's poem A Mouse In This House exemplifies his creative ability. He
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Shel Silverstein Facts
Shel Silverstein's children's books have sold over 20 million copies. (Anirudh. "10 Interesting Facts
About Shel Silverstein." Learnodo Newtonic. 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.) His work as an author of
children's books and poems is what he is best known for. He started out as a cartoonist in the army,
and did not plan on becoming an author. He had a very unique writing style, which was sometimes
difficult to interpret. Some say he hid deeper meanings in his writings, others say his writings could
be harmful to children. ("Shel Silverstein Facts." Shel Silverstein Facts. Encyclopedia of World
Magazines. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.) Shel had many talents, but his children's books, poetry and
symbolism in his writing is what made him so famous.
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In this narrative poem, Shel Silverstein used the tree as a metaphor for a parent who gives
unconditionally, and the boy as the child who takes, but needs less and less as time goes by. In the
beginning the poem showed that the boy needed the tree and wanted to be with the tree.
"And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and
play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.
And they would play hide–and–go–seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And
the boy loved the tree.... very much. And the tree was happy." ("The Giving Tree by Shel
Silverstein." – Famous Poems, Famous Poets. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.)
As children grow they become less dependant on their parent. "But time went by. And the boy grew
older. And the tree was often alone." ("The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein." – Famous Poems,
Famous Poets. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.) Once children get to be a certain age they need their parent
mainly for money, just like the boy stating that he needs to make money and build a house. Once
again the tree gave everything she could. In the end, the tree unconditionally proved her love for the
boy and gave everything, and that made her happy. "well, an old stump is good for sitting and
resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest. And the boy did. And the tree was
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To Give or Not to Give in The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
In his early childhood, a boy spends his time playing with his favorite tree, climbing its trunk, and
swinging from its branches. As the boy approaches adolescence, he desires money and the tree
yields its apples for him to sell. At adulthood, he yearns for a home and the tree offers its branches
for the man to build his home. At middle age, he asks the tree for a boat and the tree offers its trunk,
which the man cuts to build his boat. During his final years, the old man asks the tree for a quiet
place to sit and rest, and the tree offers its stump.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a simple story but one that poignantly illustrates the complex
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So how do we begin the journey of giving wisely? We suggest that clients begin with self–
discernment.
Why do you wish to give?
What values or principles do you and your family hold dear? What are some of the ideas, persons, or
events that molded you?
To whom do you want to give, and why? What impact would you want your giving to have on
others? What do you expect to gain from your family giving?
How much time and personal involvement do you want to commit to your giving?
These questions flush out the motivations and values underlying the gift and reveal its intent.
Understanding each other's personalities, the compatibility of goals, and the interpersonal abilities
helps participants collaborate for the benefit of a shared vision. The philosophy behind your giving
can become vulnerable and unprotected without a clearly defined intent. Trust agreements, wills,
and articles of incorporation may be insufficient to ensure fidelity to your philanthropic mission.
Donors investing the necessary time to consider these questions lay a strong foundation for defining
a shared vision and framework that will help fuel the act of giving, in a manner that is both
constructive and enduring for generations.
Now that you've discovered and clarified your values and motivations, the next step is to articulate
your philanthropic purpose through a
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Beloved Poet, Shel Silverstein
Do you remember reading comical poetry such as The Giving Tree during your childhood? Its
author, Shel Silverstein, was one of the most recognizable children's poets and poetry icons that has
ever lived. He holds a household name due to the fact that despite his past he is able to help form a
future in language, poetry, and the arts for the innovators of tomorrow. Silverstein's works captured
the essence of a person's childhood and changed poetry and children's literature forever.
Sheldon Allan Silverstein was not always the literature icon he quickly became in the mid 20th
century. Born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois during the Great Depression. He was not a
very sociable child. His hobbies included drawing cartoons and writing. As a result, his professional
drawing and writing career began with cartooning and writing for Playboy Magazine, in 1952. He
was also not popular with girls during his teenage year, which motivated him to write more mature
poetry in the future about love. Silverstein wanted to reach out to all age groups and express that his
talent was not only used for the entertainment of children, but for everyone. Silverstein didn't write
to impress others "... he did "hope that people no matter what age, would find something to
identify... and experience a personal sense of discovery"." in his poetry (Shel Silverstein 1999).
Silverstein was divorced and had one daughter, who died in her childhood. He served in the armed
forces during the 1950's, and
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Personification In Shel Silverstein
In this essay we will be analyzing Shel Silverstein and a few pieces of his work. Shel Silverstein
was a poet, his high–spirited poems gave him the reputation of being a children's poet, his reputation
of words, eccentric stories, and buoyant personality made kids fall in love with Silverstein's poems .
The first element I will be analyzing is his use of personification, An example of personification is
in the poem " Dancing Pants" it states " And now for the Dancing Pants, Doing their fabulous
dance." and "They will bounce to the beat, with no legs inside then and no feet beneath. Silverstein
uses personification to make his poem's carefree and lighthearted, thats why so many children like
his work. Another element I will be analyzing
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Brief Biography of the Poet Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein was an outstanding poet, and he has had so many careers in his lifetime and is a
very talented man. Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930 and he died in
Key West, Florida on May 10 1999 (www.poets.org). Silverstein served in the U.S. Army in 1950
and got deployed to Korea and Japan then he became a very popular poet (www.poets.org).
Silverstein has many characteristic such as being very courageous by going into the army but, also
he was a shy man he didn't want info being leaked out about himself (www.biography.com).
Silverstein was an out thinking kind of man which helped him improve his poems. He was this way
because he had a unique style to his writing by making his poems fun for people by the rhythm he
puts into them. The style is being different in every poem to be able to connect with his audience
depending on what the purpose of the poem is. Although Silverstein wasn't a popular poet at the
time, he went to Playboy where he put his name out there and found his voice (www.poets.org).
Silverstein has shown a new way of writing by not always being the same way of writing every
poem but to be different.
First of all Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25,
1930(www.shelsilverstein.com pg.2). "He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in Korea
and Japan(www.poets.org)." After the Army, he decided to draw cartoons for magazines. During his
career he hit a high–point at Playboy, his cartoons
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Where The Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein Essay
Shel Silverstein, the author of, "Where the Sidewalk Ends", was a musician and poet known for
writing children books such as, "The Giving Tree" (Shel Silverstein). He was born on September 25,
1930 and died on May 8, 1999 (Shel Silverstein). Throughout his life Mr.Silverstein, worked in
many diverse occupations ranging from the military to becoming an author (Shel Silverstein).
Because majority of his books and poems were for children, they (the books and poems) often
incorporated positive imagery, metaphors, etc. In the poem, "Where The Sidewalk Ends", Shel
Silverstein uses imagery, shift, and personal pronouns to identify that adults must forget about the
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This contrast relates to the theme because it shows how an adult can negatively be affected by
materialistic things such as money. In the first stanza there is a strong use of positive imagery–
representing a child's mind. For example, "grass grows soft and white", gives a floral and peaceful
description about the place used in the description. However, in the second stanza there is the use of
negative imagery. The imagery used helps to describe a dark and lifeless city, a phrase which
influences this would be, "smoke blows black", which means pollution. Within the second stanza,
the narrator introduces personal pronouns. These pronouns influence the reader's thoughts about the
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Shel Silverstein and The Giving Tree
The boy then visits again asking the tree for a house so he can have a family; the tree then gives the
boy her branches to provide what he wants. However, the boy does not stay, he wonders off into his
own world with the tree's branches. As the boy comes back once again the tree is just as happy as
before, and although so much time has gone by and the tree has aged she still offers him the same
joys he once had as a child. The boy however does not seem interested in playing in leaves instead
he has another purpose for being there. "I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you
give me a boat?" Being like a mother figure the tree gives the boy the only thing she can think of,
her trunk, in hopes that this will eave the boy happy. "And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a
boat and sailed away, And the tree was happy...but not really." This shows the tree as sad for once
again giving the boy something he wanted, leaving her with less and now she finds it hard to be
happy for the boy. In the very last seen an old man comes back to the tree, as a reaction the tree
exclaims that she can not give the boy anything anymore, she has no leaves and no branches. She
tells him that all she is now is an old stump. " 'I don't need very much now,' Said the boy. 'Just a
quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.'" As the old man tells the tree that all he needs now in life
is the simple pleasure of relaxing the tree sees an opportunity to gain back everything
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Symbolism In The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
The act of unconditional giving is held in high regards by many cultures as the highest form of love.
From birth on, parents are there for all the ups and downs in their child's life. Shel Silverstein,
author of The Giving Tree, has written a story about the representation of the relationship between a
mother and child. In the The Giving Tree, children are welcomed to realize the effects their mother
has on their life that one seems to fail to appreciate as they adventure throughout life. Silverstein
uses symbolism to emphasize that throughout all stages of life no matter how old, busy, or tired one
is, a mom will always be willing to give them unconditional love even when she has nothing else to
offer.
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In The Giving Tree, much later in life, the boy, now quite old, returns to the tree one last time.
Though alone and enfeebled, he is still wanting for a place to sit and rest. Yet again, the tree lovingly
obliges: straightening up her much–diminished self, she invites him to sit on her stump. No matter
where life takes a person at the end of the day a mother will always be there for companionship to
ward off the loneliness even when she has nothing left to give a child. Even through all the years of
children continuously taking from their mother, she would still always want to keep giving because
what mother does not want to see her child succeed and be ultimately happy? Like all good mothers,
the tree is no doubt happy to know that she could help when needed. However more importantly,
like the ideal mother she is, the tree seems to understand both the character and limits of her own
motherly powers. She knows the very sensibilities she so carefully encouraged when the boy was
young would one day cause him to want a life of his own. She knows she must understand and
accept the choices the boy makes even when they seem unwise and misguided. She knows she
cannot predict or arrange the boy's future. Most especially, from the beginning of life she knows the
life she encourages for the boy will cost her her own, She anticipates necessity by giving her young
child
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Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
"But I'm free to live ... go wherever I please, do whatever I want; I believe everyone should live like
that. Don't be dependent on anyone else–man, woman, child or dog. I want to go everywhere, look
at and listen to everything. You can go crazy with some of the wonderful stuff there is in life"
(Burns, Marion 1–2). Shel Silverstein, the author of "The Giving Tree", is not only a children's
author of literature but a musician, photographer, and a Korean War veteran (Burns, Marion 1–2).
Silverstein is the typical man that is well–fit who wears the typical blue jeans and cowboy hat
(Burns, Marion 1). He blends in by roaming around the world and being free (Burns, Marion 1).
"The Giving Tree" is a piece of work that uses a simplistic style that is not just meant for young kids
but is meant for all ages; is able to relate to peoples lives and opens peoples eyes on life. Reading
"The Giving Tree" as a young boy, you realize that the boy is growing up and is changing along the
way (Carlsson 2). As you get older and you read the book you really see there is deeper meanings to
the book. "I would hope that people, no matter what age, would find something to identify with in
my books" ( Burns, Marion 1). Silverstein is identifying here that all ages are affected by this novel
and his other pieces of work. Also Silverstein does not just connect with different age groups but
different types of groups (Burns, Marion 1). This piece of work is able to connect with so many
different types
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Shel Silverstein Analysis
Shel Silverstein had an extraordinary mind that was full of playful poems and short stories, which
even had life lessons embedded inside of them. He was a very important man when I and my sister
were growing up. My sister is six years older than myself, so she has more experience and
knowledge than I do. When she was in elementary school she had to memorize this poem, so,
whenever I start to doubt myself she recites it like it is on the back of her hand. The poem gives us a
drawing of a whale taking up the whole kitchen table (and then some) and a small girl, Melinda
Mae, on one side of the table. It goes on to describe that everyone believed she could not eat the
whole thing. So she started at the tail and even thought it took her eighty–nine
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Shel Silverstein Research Paper
Shel Silverstein is a very popular children's poetry book author, a songwriter, and a playwright. He
was a very private man who did not entertain interviews and left most of his life in the shadows
away from media attention. Shel Silverstein instilled the love of reading into the hearts of young
American children through his short and silly poems filled with dark humor and outrageous,
invented cartoon characters. Shel Silverstein was born during the Great Depression in 1930 in
Chicago, Illinois. He started drawing at young age, because "according to him, he was not popular
with the girls and was not good at sports." (Encyclopedia of WB, 341) He had a unique style of
illustration and writing that mimicked no other author of his time. During the 1950's he served in the
Army in Korea and Japan. While enlisted he drew cartoons for the Pacific Stars and Stripes
magazine. (ECWB, 341) Ironically, Silverstein never planned on writing children's books. When his
enlistment in the Armed Forces ended he began drawing cartoons and small articles for Playboy
magazine. (ECWB, 341) It was not until he met Ursula Nordstrom that he thought about writing
children's books. (ADD CITATION) Shel Silverstein wrote plays, songs, and many award–winning
children's book. Sadly, he passed away in 1999 at the age of 67, but his legacy lives on through his
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The cartoons go along with the poems and help the reader visualize as well as further understand the
poems. His style of poetry is rhythmic and metered like song lyrics with a combination of serious
and silly word play. His poems often include outrageous scenarios and characters chant like verses
and rhymes and are often compared to those of Dr. Seuss. There are many controversies on multiple
of his works on whether his deeper symbolism and dark humor is educational or harmful to
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The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Analysis
Would you give up everything you have for a person who once loved you to make them and yourself
happy? You most likely would not, so how come this "tree" in the Giving Tree did? Was it because
she was naturally selfless? Or because she was so in love with the boy she would give anything she
had to him simply because he wanted it? In The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein explains what selfless
and being in love means in the form of a tree and a boy.
Some people are selfless and that can be a good thing, until you are nothing because someone took
everything you had. The tree in this story was not around the right person and so she gave away
everything to him with little in return. Now it would not be that big of a deal if he just asked her for
things once or twice, but he kept coming back until she was nothing and even then she offered
herself to him. "I wish that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. I am just an old
stump". The Tree states this, but after she says "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting.
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It is very unlikely that someone would give everything to someone unless they loved the person so
much that they just wanted to make them happy and would do anything for their happiness. "Once
there was a tree.... and she loved a little boy". The story even states she loved the boy so of course
she would give him anything to make him happy. Or maybe she was just like that, because the boy
was the only person she knew. What I am saying is that since the tree only knew the boy she didn't
know about selfishness or greed she only knew of love. So you cannot blame her for being ignorant
of what he was doing to her, because she was not aware. It may not be the tree's fault that she gave
everything she had away. She might not of known it was an unusual thing to do and that she really
did not have to give everything to the
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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
"The Giving Tree" is an incredible story of a tree and a boy who keep their friendships through their
whole life. The book has many things that explain the concept of Friendship. As in life, the boy and
tree go through many phases in life and manage to support their friendship. How did they keep their
Friendship? In "The Giving Tree", Shel Silverstein uses the characters of the tree and the boy to
explain the theme of Friendship and Love throughout time.
Having a really good friend in your life can sometimes save your life. Friendship is one of the best
things to have. In "The Giving Tree", Friendship is what kept the boy and tree living life happily. In
the book, the tree gave the boy happiness and joy when he was a child. As the boy grew
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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Essay
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree is a modern children literature written by Shel
Silverstein, which is also one of his first successful piece of work. It is about an apple tree who
always gives and gives and a boy who always takes and takes. This might be another story to read
before bed times for the kids but however, it portrays so many things, from deforestation to modern
society. Personally, I believe that The Giving Tree portrays the theme of selflessness versus
selfishness, like the unconditional love a parent has for his or her child. "I have only leaves and
apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will be happy. And so the boy
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The boy on the other hand is like us, the children who are used to receiving and receiving, so much
that we take it for granted, so sometimes, we tend to forget to think about the tree or our parents.
"Blessed is the mother who is able to help her child, at whatever age. This truth about parental
happiness is surly known by any loving parents who has been compelled to watch impotently while
his child is suffering." The example to prove this statement can be seen all through the story. "The
forest is my house, but you may cut of my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy. And
so the boy cut of her branches and carried them away to build his house. And the tree was happy."
On the other hand, the boy still stays inconsiderate and selfish. He never even once mention to the
tree how thankful he is or even a simply "thank you". "The love of the tree for the boy or the man is
a selfless love, while the love of the boy for the tree is a selfish love. The boy never tries to help the
tree (by pruning, feeding it, et cetera), while the entire being of the tree is devoted to helping the boy
meet his most recent need, whether trivial or essential." Due to the popularity of the book, many
people commented on it and so there are many different ideas, which can be view differently
according to the readers' own judgement. " The boy is after all doing what is required of human
being to do: he is growing up, going away, making
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Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Analysis
The Giving tree by Shel Silverstein is an elementary level children's book with illustrations. The
book is about a young boy and his relationship with a tree throughout his life. The tree is always
giving him something to make him happy and fulfill his needs. The tree never complains and is
always happy to help the boy. As the boy grows older he finds different uses for the tree. At the
beginning of the story, the young boy and the tree are very close but as he gets older he grows apart
from the tree and only visits when he's in need of something. I personally love this book a lot. This
story can have many different messages because each person can interpret the message in their own
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This line also makes me feel anxious and a little sad because i feel that the tone foreshadows sorrow.
As the story goes on it in–fact is a little sad because the young boy decided to go on and discover
bigger, better things in life and he always forgets about the tree that loves him so much. This
reminds me of when kids are in their teens years, how we are too busy trying to fit in amongst our
peers and try new things. We are so caught up in other activities that we tend to forget about our
parents and we give more importance to other things and end up taking our parents for granted.
Regardless of how the boy neglects the tree that anxiously waits for him daily, the tree never holds a
grudge because of how strong the love is. The tree is always so excited to see the boy whenever he
visits but the boy doesn't feel the same way. "Come Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing
from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy!" "I am too big to climb and
play" said the boy. He always asked the tree for something each time he visits and without hesitation
the tree gives him every part of itself but the young boy is still never
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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
Favour Uche
Ms. Jorges
American lit
11 January, 2018.
The Giving Tree.
The key aspect discussed in the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is the relationship
between giving and friendship. Should the act of giving be equal between friends? Should giving be
solely on one person or should it be on either of them? Well the author of The Giving Tree believes
that true friendship sacrifices all selflessly. He acknowledges that true friendship should give up all
for the sake of the other partner and in this essay, we will explore how the author defines a true
friendship.
In the text it states "But I have no money...take my apples, boy, and sell them in the city. Then you
will have money and you will be happy." This text reveals a tree going
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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Analysis
I decided to do a psychological reading of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The Giving Tree by
Shel Silverstein is about a Tree, and a Boy. The Boy loved the Tree, and the Tree loved the Boy. The
Boy would play with the Tree, and talk to it. The Tree would do anything to make the Boy happy.
Time went on, and the Boy grew up and his interest in the Tree changed. In his teen years it was a
place he brought girls and when he was a full grown adult he decided to take from the Tree because
the Tree loved giving. The Boy took the apples from the Tree, he took the branches to build his
house, and he took her trunk to build a boat. The Tree was left, empty, sad, and alone. When the Boy
was an old–man he came back to the Tree but, the Tree had nothing to give, but at that point all the
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I look around me and I see beautiful trees, birds, and vegetation even in the harsh Wisconsin winter.
I realize that this is all we have. Nature is slowly diminishing due to new buildings, and roads, etc.
One of the things Shel Silverstein is trying to convey is the beauty of nature, and how much it does
for us humans, the Boy asks the Tree "Can you give me a house?" the Tree responds, " I have no
house; But you may cut off my branches and build a house." Not only is Shel Silverstein an
environmental activist due to research I have done, but he is calling for action. He wants people to
look around them, and appreciate the nature we are blessed with. Besides taking care of nature, and
respecting nature Shel Silverstein is making key points about life. What I have gathered from the
reading it seems as if the author Shel Silverstein is reflecting on how fast his life has gone by, "The
Boy grew older, and the Tree was often alone." He's teaching the reader to appreciate their
childhood, and live in the
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The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Analysis
The Giving Tree is a poem by Shel Silverstein explaining the relationship between a boy and a tree.
As the boy grew older he found he didn't need the tree as much anymore but he always came back to
the tree when he was in need and the tree never refused him, he just continued to give without
question. This poem helps us realize that you should always be there for someone to rely on, take
life easy and just focus on what you need over what you want. Sometimes in life we're so quick to
want to grow up that we may end up rushing through it and we aren't able to truly treasure the ideal
moments that are worth living for. Life Is too short to skim through and wake up with regrets. Love
the people who treat you right and dismiss those who don't. Believe that everything happens for a
reason. If your life changes, let it be. Life may not be simple, but it is worth it. Don't stress it, take
like easy and enjoy the precious moments in life and adore the genuine people in your life who
would give anything to make you happy even if it means losing themselves in the process. "I wish
that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry...." "I
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The tree is an example of authentic friend for she possesses all of those qualities. She is always there
to listen to the boy talk about what he wants and provides him with not only her support but also the
materials he needs to achieve what he desires. No matter how bizarre his requests may be she
doesn't judge him she continues to be there for him and support his wishes. "well, an old stump is
good for sitting and resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did. And the tree
was happy. Even after the tree was left with nothing but her stump she was still more than happy to
provide what was left of her for the boy to finally
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Shel Silverstein Essay

  • 1. Shel Silverstein Essay Nicole Turner ENC 1102 Mrs. S. Padgett–Giorda Critical Research Essay on Shel Silverstein While many will point to poets such as Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath when speaking intellectually about the work that was produced by their pens, one should not overlook the valuable contributions of Shel Silverstein. From his first publication, The Giving Tree, to his final work, Falling Up, Silverstein entertained generations of children and parents alike with his use of poetry. His work, specifically in 1981's A Light in the Attic, has been used as the backbone for many educators' introduction of poetry to students. Entries like "Hot Dog," "Homework Machine," "Superstitious," "Messy Room," and "The Sitter" work on many levels with multiple ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... While the machine has good intentions from the start, it does not turn out so well: "Here it is– 'nine plus four?' and the answer is 'three.'" (Silverstein 57) We see a morality to his craft. In a world where so many people stress perfection, he was trying to show the importance of imperfection to readers, parents and educators alike. By the time A Light in the Attic was released, Silverstein knew who would be reading his writing. The publication was his second collection, and many were already familiar with him and his writing. He knew the positive effect he could have on teachers and others that would eventually influence young minds themselves. He used his poetry as a pedestal. "Homework Machine" was a prime example of that intention. In the prime of writing career, Silverstein was counted on to help relay a combination of entertainment, education and morality to children that few have the ability to convey. Silverstein's creative use of the English language reappears in the poem "Hot Dog." Drawing parallels between a hot dog and a normal dog, he envisions what changes a boy and his family would have to make if they were to keep a hot dog as a pet as opposed to the latter. Obviously, this is where the entertainment value of the poem takes place. Images such as "a butcher for ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 3. 12 / 9 / Shel Silverstein Tyler Washington Dwivevdi Final Paper 12/9/14 Shel Silverstein literary paper Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930. Shel Silverstein was a song writing musician, author, and an illustrator. He spent his early life serving in the U.S. Army during 1950. He was a cartoonist for many different magazines, and when he joined Playboy, his work became national known. While working at Playboy he started his career of writing poems and songs. Some of his best known works were The Giving Tree, The Missing Piece, and Where the Sidewalk ends. He is also Grammy winner for his song "A Boy Named Sue" which a very famous name in music had performed for him, and he was also nominated for an Oscar. But what were the things ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Which is funny in its self because we all know the running joke being nobody reads playboy for the articles. At this time Shel became a musician, composing some hit country songs, he officially started his career of being a poet. Poetry is a piece of writing that is used to express one's inner feeling and emotions, but it can also be written for fun as a pastime. His books were loved by people of all ages, and one of his hit books showed the true meaning of friendship of his books were about how bonds between things can last a life time, and they were very funny making people enjoy his work. These types of books became international famous all around the world by many children and parents. Now what were the real things that help him start his journey? What were the things that made Shel Silverstein into the author that he was by the end of his life and how many things impacted Shel Silverstein's writing life? When he was young he dreamed to be a good baseball player, so that he can be popular with the girls. But when he tried to play baseball he was very bad, and no girls wanted to be with him because nothing is worse than someone who is bad at something and tries too hard to try to look good at it. Because of that, Shel started his career in writing, and illustrating pictures. By the time the girls were interested in him due to the fact he was better with his words other than his physical ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 5. Analysis Of ' Where The Sidewalk Ends ' A Poem Analysis Research Paper and Poem Analysis: Shel Silverstein "Where the Sidewalk Ends" A poem analysis Have you ever been scared to cross the street when you were a child? Have you ever sat and stared at the paint that is on the road and wondered if that is what is keeping you safe? Shel Silverstein's poem, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" a three stanza poem, and is in the view of a child. It is very descriptive about what the child is seeing also. I believe that Silverstein was trying to get kids to understand that the lines of the street are to protect them, and that he loved kids, because he wrote so much poetry and so many books for children. In the first stanza of " Where the sidewalk ends," Silverstein is explaining the scene, with nice descriptive words, "There is a place where the sidewalk ends / and before the street begins, / and there the grass grows soft and white, / and there the sun burns crimson bright, / and there the moon– bird rests from his flight / to cool in the peppermint wind" (1–6). The word choice and descriptive language definitely brought me back to a time when I was younger. Silverstein obviously didn't follow any set rules, he made it his very own. The place I think he might be talking about is the borderline between night and day, or sun and the moon. It's the middle of two things that are opposites. The second stanza mostly focuses on explaining that if you follow the guidelines then you will not be harmed. For example, "Past the pits where the asphalt ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 7. Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Diagnostic essay: The Important Message from The Giving Tree This year marks the 54th anniversary of the unforgettable, controversial, and heartbreaking book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The simplicity of the illustrations and words has had lasting impressions on countless readers from numerous generations. This easy to remember book has been embedded in my memory from the first time I read it in elementary. The Giving Tree was about the relationship between a boy and a tree that was personified as a woman. In the beginning the tree and the boy were happy playing together, spending time together, and just genuinely enjoyed each other's company. Then the boy started growing up consequently spending less time with the tree. The times ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 9. Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Analysis A Formalist Analysis: Stemming from The Giving Tree All literature, even simple children's books, can be analyzed through multiple lenses. The children's book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein can be examined through a Formalist standpoint for a deeper meaning. The Giving Tree describes the relationship between a boy and a tree. The young boy plays on the tree every day and the tree starts to grow fond of him, but as the boy grows older he outgrows his childish nature and wishes to live his life. From the outside, this story may just seem like a story that children read before bedtime, however within the story, there are many hidden meanings woven into the intricate writing. Studying the unity, form, and diction of The Giving Tree by Shel ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Within the text is the dialogue, "'Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy'" (Silverstein 42–43). The tree constantly asks the boy whether he would like to play with her, and every time the boy refuses. This situation occurs three times and every single time the situation plays out in a similar way where boy refuses to play, but asks for something instead. This shows the love of the tree and the neglect of the boy. The tree believes that by making the boy happy it will make herself happy, but in reality it does not. The text states, "'I am too big to climb and play' said the boy. 'I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money'" (Silverstein 24–27)? The boy replies in a similar manner every single time the tree asks to play. By the third time this dialogue between the tree and the boy is said, it is possible to understand what is going to happen next. The recurrence of this event is not only stylistic, but it also helps convey the tragic relationship between the boy, a narcissistic taker, and the tree, a compulsive enabler. Not only does the recurrence of event display a hidden meaning, but symbols portray obscure messages as ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 11. The Invisible Man And The Giving Tree By Shell Silverstein As important and necessary literature is for many things, such as introducing and connecting broad thoughts, ideas, and topics to people, not all literature is suited for the masses. Most literature contains hard to grasp concepts with underlying themes and ideas. Introduce formalism, the formalist literary criticism acts as a way to simplify and convey the complex topics that are not explained thoroughly in most literature. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, and The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein are two works of literature that convey important ideas that literature does, without the complex layers most literature has. The Formalist or "New" literary criticism is reflected in both of these books through their style, tone, and structure. The style in both novels is simple first–person and third person point of view. Though it may seem trivial, the point of view helps the author effectively convey the message of their story without hidden messages, plots, and themes to decipher. In The Invisible Man, Wells had to imagine how one might feel with no physical appearance, full of shame for his experiments gone awry, and longing to regain what he had and who he once was and put those thoughts and feelings into words. Shell Silverstein uses dialogue between a boy and a tree to teach, and convey ideas of unconditional love, and selflessness in The Giving Tree. "Distinguishing between kinds of writing not according to their different forms but according to their unequal ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 13. Shel Silverstein Research Paper Shel Silverstein "Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it" (Shel Silverstein). Shel Silverstein said this quote meaning that you don't need to explain your actions because the action itself says it all. Shel Silverstein created tons of award winning children's poems, books, songs, and illustrations, used writing to overcome many problems and illuminated the world with his creative style of writing and word choice. Shel Silverstein created songs, witty children's poem, illustrated children's poems, and even wrote screenplays. Shel Silverstein had a unique style of writing and accompanying black and white creative illustrations ("Shel Silverstein," 1999, Encyclopedia). There is so much symbolism in Shel Silverstein's work and his poem can be seen as amusing and fun or can be viewed as deeper and cruel ("Shel Silverstein," 1999, Encyclopedia). Shel silverstein is most known for the children poems that he wrote.The most ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Shel Silverstein is known for his much loved children's books written with humor and unique illustrations ("Shel Silverstein," 2000, Encyclopedia). Shel Silverstein showed people a new type of children's poems with his four best selling books The Giving Tree, A light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and Falling Up ("Shel Silverstein," 2001). Together those four books have sold over eighteen million copies in twenty languages around the globe ("Shel Silverstein," 2001). Shel Silverstein also won tons of awards because of how he illuminated the world. One of the awards Shel Silverstein won is the William Allen White Children's Book Award in 1984 for A Light in the Attic ("Shel Silverstein,"2000, Newsmakers). Overall Shel Silverstein has illuminated society with his quirky childrens poems opening up a whole new world of children's ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 15. Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree, published in October, 1964 is a world famous children's book authored by Shel Silverstein. The book is heathy mix of illustrations (done by Silverstein) and text, making it perfect for a young child to read. The illustrations are interactions of the tree and the boy, the two principal characters. Silverstein's language in this book is targeted towards his youthful audience, as the diction and syntax are not complex and enable the reader to wholly focus upon the plot and serious ethical queries posed within the book. I first read this book in 2nd grade by myself. In my school in India we were required to check out a book every week from the library. I chose The Giving Tree by complete luck as I found the title to be ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 17. Essay on Shel Silverstein 	Few writers of the twentieth century have made nearly the same impact on the literary society than Sheldon Allan Silverstein. His writing encompasses a broad range of styles, from adult to children's, comical to unusual. One of his most common styles was that of fantasy: actions and events that cannot logically happen. This style was evident in his works, the Loser, Thumb Face, Warning, Squishy Touch, and Skin Stealer. Through the description of these absurd circumstances, Silverstein was able to entertain readers of all ages. 	In Sely Friday's reference to a biography, Shel Silverstein was quoted as saying, " . . . I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I couldn't play ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The problem occurs in the story when the person cannot find the head because almost all sensory perception went along with the head. In the end, the person says, " . . . I guess I'll sit down / On this rock / And rest for just a minute . . . ." (p. 25). The rock, as the picture accompanying the poem shows, turns out to be the person's lost head. This story is obviously impossible considering the biological fact that when a person is decapitated, his/her life ceases. However, with the use of simple end rhyme and an amusing story, Silverstein is able to present a light–hearted view of what could have been a tragedy. 	Thumb Face, included in A Light in the Attic, is another example of Silverstein's use of fantasy. The first line of the poem basically says it all: "There is a face upon my thumb . . .." (p. 55). For all practical purposes, this is an absurd situation. The speaker goes on to describe the features of the small face on his/her thumb. Certain descriptions of the face imply a sense of minuteness and leave the reader feeling compassionate for it because of its size. For example, Silverstein wrote, "It has a little twisty mouth, / And yellow teethies, too." Again, Silverstein uses end rhyme in the pattern of "a b c b," which helps move the story along in a definite rhythm. While the subject matter is irrational, Silverstein uses vivid descriptions and a straightforward picture ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 19. The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Favour Uche Ms. Jorges American lit 11 January, 2018. The Giving Tree. The key aspect discussed in the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is the relationship between giving and friendship. Should the act of giving be equal between friends? Should giving be solely on one person or should it be on either of them? Well the author of The Giving Tree believes that true friendship sacrifices all selflessly. He acknowledges that true friendship should give up all for the sake of the other partner and in this essay, we will explore how the author defines a true friendship. In the text it states "But I have no money...take my apples, boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy." This text reveals a tree going ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 21. Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Essay Have you ever felt like you have gave someone that's very special to you numerous of things & never received nothing back from it because "doesn't matter at all" and you love them so much that it's okay? I do. Many people have felt like The Giving Tree where they have gave someone plenty of things and the person you care for only comes whenever just to ask you for something. In the Book, The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein, Is about a friendship between The Boy and a Tree.The boy uses the tree for various of things as they both age. Each thing that the boy takes from the tree makes the tree weak. Silverstein took on a Selfless love type of feeling happy in the beginning, sad in the middle and happy at the end. The theme shows about giving out to those you love ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Once in a while, the boy would come back to tree and uses the tree for various of activities. The boy is trying earn money in order to buy things and doesn't know how to start and needs help from someone. "I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money. Can you give me some money?" "I'm sorry, "said the tree, "but I have no money. I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city.Then you will have money and you will be happy." (page 31 )It starts off with the boy asking for money to buy things & the boy comes to find out that trees doesn't grow money but the tree gives him something that she already has and gives it to the boy for him to sell around the city and try to earn money. This is only the beginning for them and the boy awaits for his new life to begin. As time go by the tree and the boy are getting older. But their friendship they has taken a turn.The boy was always focused on his life and forgot about the tree , it becomes ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 23. Silverstein's The Giving Tree Even though there are some similarities between these two books, The Giving Tree was written with no known religious intention. It was first published in 1964 by Harper & Row and was written and illustrated by Silverstein (Levy). He was a controversial children's book author due to his long connection with Playboy and his lack of patience around families. Despite this, Silverstein sold more than ten million copies of The Giving Tree, as it still remains a classic picture book. It has a prominent green cover but the words and pictures are printed in black and white and displayed in a minimalistic manner. There are many interpretations of what the actual relationship of the boy and tree is based on. A mother and son's bond is one that always ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The apple leaving the tree's branches shows a foreshowing of the sacrifice the tree will give. The boy is looking up at the tree, smiling in anticipation for what is about to come down. Apples and trees are constant symbols in The Bible. There are a few tufts of grass growing around the bottom of the tree and initials that are carved by the boy. These two things never go away, even when just a stump is left. The ever–budding grass and the permanent letters can be seen as a love that never dies for the boy even when the tree is stripped of life. Psalm 1:3 states " He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither" (Holy Bible: King James Version). This quote from The Bible shows that Jesus Christ is compared to a tree and will always flourish and be willing to give fruit if possible. The tree that is the main character in the book and is the ultimate biblical ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 25. Shel Silverstein Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois 1932 and died May 10, 1999 from a heart attack. Shel Silverstein was a well know and well liked author/poet. Silverstein noticed his talents when he was twelve years old. When most boys are playing sports and chasing girls, Shel was at home writing and drawing original pieces. His talents were well –developed by the time he served in the US Armed Forces during the 1950's. While in the military he was a cartoonist for the Pacific Edition of the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. After his time spent in the military he became a cartoonist for Playboy in 1956. Those works for Playboy were then published into collections named " A Playboy's Teevee Jeebies" and "More Playboy's Teevee Jeebies ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The question is: Is poetry relevant in the year 2005? I personally feel that poetry is what a person makes of it. Some people hate poetry so they do not read it at all. Other people (like me) love poetry so in my world and theirs it is relevant. To teenagers today poetry and reading has been taken over by T.V, movies and music. Poetry is not as relevant to people today because before there was not T.V and movies, now a days people do not have to sit down and read to entertain themselves they can just flip a switch to watch T.V. Works Cited Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends – 30th Annivarsary Edition New York: HarperCollins, 2004 Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. New York: HaperCollins, 1981 Shel Silverstein Offical Website. www.ShelSilverstein.com Shel Silverstein Biography. ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 27. Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Every author has their own unique niche that grabs the reader's attention and pulls them in. They paint a picture with their words and imagination that allows the reader to go on a journey they never have experienced before. Each author is this way, but within his or her own uniqueness they become significantly different. The uniqueness can rage from early 1800s British authors to twenty–first century authors and they can range author to author. For example, Shel Silverstein is not only a unique author but quirky and fun, he paints wild pictures through the words of his story and takes his readers on an adventure of a lifetime. By reading and analyzing the work of an author you can connect with not only the work but the author themselves, you gain a better understanding and through this understanding you can connect the piece to your own life. Shel Silverstein once said, "If you're a dreamer come on in" (Shel Silverstein Quotes)a quote that explains him quite well. Silverstein was a man of imagination who created his work with his own style and added a touch of quirkiness to each piece he wrote. He never wrote a plain piece or a piece that didn't have some kind of twist within it, his work never bored. Silverstein not only wrote children's stories but explored other areas of creativity such as music. Although Silverstein covered a broad area of creativity; songwriting, poems, author, and cartoonist he is most know for his children's stories. One ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 29. Shel Silverstein's Where The Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois and began writing at a very young age. He is the author of children's literature like "Everything On It" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends". In 1963, he met an editor named Ursula Nordstrom who inspired him about writing a book that is suited for children. In the book "Everything On It", Silverstein added humor and laughs for the children who read the book, but still be able to add a life lesson. However, in the book "Where the Sidewalk Ends", he wanted to inform adults to look back on their own childhood and look for the moments that gave them joy. When writing those books, Silverstein used different styles when writing his poems. For example, he uses rhyming, punctuation, rhythm, and tone to engage children and make them enjoy his poems, but still be able to portray his message or lesson from each poem to kids. First of all, Silverstein uses the elements, rhyming and rhythm in most of his poems to make readers more engaged and so they can easily understand what the poem is trying to say. In the poem "Masks" from the book " Every Thing On It", it presents four lines of rhyming, "She had blue skin, and so did he, he kept it hid, and so did she". The words she and he both rhyme, however the words skin and hid don't rhyme. That's ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In the poem " Years From Now" from the book "Every Thing On It" the following lines states, "Although I cannot see your face, as you flip these poems awhile, somewhere from some far–off place, I hear you laughing–and I smile." Punctuation is in every poem as it's used to be at the end of every line, but the punctuation used in this poem makes it even more powerful and meaningful. This poem's meaning is to say that when the author, Shel Silverstein passes away and when he's off someplace else and "cannot see your face", he tells his readers that he will assure them that they will laugh and in return Silverstein will ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 31. A Brief Biography of Shel Silverstein When looking at Shel Silverstein it is very important important to consider his early life. Shel was born on September 25 1932 to Nathan and Helen Silverstein, who were divorced. He was born in Chicago Il. He died May 8 1999 he left behind one son named Matthew (Contemporary Authors Online ).Shel grew up in Chicago, He began as a writer and cartoonist in the 50's ( Publishers Weekly). Shel was a muscular man that dressed like a cowboy. When he was writing he was 40 and up to date with what was going on in the world (http://www.shelsilverstein.com/about/)."When I was a kid . . . I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I couldn't play ball, I couldn't dance . . . so I started to draw and write. I was lucky that I didn't have anyone to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style" (http://www.shelsilverstein.com/about/#). Shel Silverstein's art may look weird and commercial but he has achieved so much with his three books. ( Kimmel ). "It's safe to say that Silverstein's dramatic output is not going to have the enduring appeal of his famous children's books such as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends" (Isherwood). When researching Shel Silverstein make sure you give him credit for his many talents. Shel was already good at writing and drawing when he joined the armed forces (Kimmel). He also composed songs (Contemporary Authors Online). Shel learned how to play guitar ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 33. Shel Silverstein Influences Shel Silverstein is a popular American cartoonist, singer, songwriter, playwright and author. He is mostly known for his children books including the popular, The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Surprisingly, Shel Silverstein did not always care for children literature. In fact, he criticized the sappy endings of happy children stories. However, he was eventually convinced by a friend to transform stereotypical children's book and he able to become successful in creating clever and humorous poems and books. Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930. Growing up he had a strong devotion to the Chicago White Soxs. Despite his love for the game of baseball he lacked athletic talent. Because he was not able to ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He was a cartoonist for the Pacific edition of the U.S. Military's newspaper, Stars and Stripes. When he got back from war he began drawing for various magazines including Sports Illustrated. He however did not start getting poplar until his cartoons appeared in Playboy. While working at Playboy, he began writing music and poems for different magazines. When Silverstein first began his career in the arts he did not have many influences. His tour of duty however is said to have influenced his dark worldview. The music he wrote was a big influence in the poems he wrote and they were often directly connected. It wasn't until 1963 that Silverstein actually began writing things for children. Before this he viewed children literature as too sweet and condescending with nothing but happy storylines. He was finally convinced to start writing children's literature after he met a book editor named Ursual Nordstrom who told him he should just change the things about children's literature that he did not like. And that is just what he did; he reversed the idiotic stories into more realistic portrayals of human life. At first many people did not approve of his writings. They thought his stories were too inappropriate for children but also too simple for adults. He ended up bridging children's literature with adult literature. One of his biggest influences for writing children books and poems was that he just didn't like that children literature that was out there and wanted to see ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 35. Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree The Weak Giving Tree " You are weak when you lie because you aren't strong enough to face the truth" – quotediary.me The book " The Giving tree" written by Shel Silverstein was created into a children's book in 1964. This book was written for children but, it also had certain ideas for older people. The book is about a tree and how much she loves a boy. She loves this boy so much that she would do anything for him even if it ended up hurting her. In the book " The Giving Tree" Shel Silverstein emphasized that the Giving Tree was weak because she loved the boy more than herself, she let the boy take whatever he wanted from her just to make him happy including, things that made her who she was, and she never taught ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In the book " The Giving Tree" Shel Silverstein wrote "Cut down my trunk and make a boat. Then you can sail away... and be happy" She immediately gave her trunk away to make the boy feel happy. She didn't even think about how the boy was going to use the wood to sail far away from her. The Giving Tree gave up many things for the boy and not once thought about what she wanted. In " The Giver" Shel Silverstein also wrote " And the tree was happy... but not really." The giving tree gave up so many things for the boy. But each time she gave up something for the boy and then he immediately left, and it made her feel heartbroken. To avoid being heart broken the Giving Tree could easily not give the boy anything but because she cares more about the boy than herself she continued to hurt herself just to make the boy happy. The Giving Tree let boy take everything from her no matter what. She never once thought about herself, which lead some people to think she was strong, but if you never second guess yourself and stand up for yourself, you aren't taking chances. You aren't standing up for what is right. Giving tree loved the boy so much that she never thought to second guess herself and do the right ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 37. The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Meaning The Giving Tree is a sentimental poem by Shel Silverstein. The main lesson of this poem revolves around absolute selflessness, it's evident. However, despite this essential, meaningful teaching, there are other underlying themes that are just as influential, if not more. These other lessons, perhaps, are vital to a happy life. The Giving Tree preaches around ideas like: going barefoot, just being there for someone, and that happiness is a place between too much and too little. The relevancy of these life lessons are indescribable. Firstly, going barefoot might be the way to walk. The meaning of this short phrase conveys that the stress–free life of a naive child running barefoot in the yard is something taken for granted. People are too busy pushing kids into their future that they forget, sometimes childhood is what they should be revisiting. The hardships of life is something only people with a certain maturity can fully effect. "Once there was a tree....and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... What this quote conveys is that having too little is an evident struggle, financially, support, a home, a loss is a loss. It's an emptiness that has yet to be filled. It is a place where genuine happiness has a hard time taking place. However, throughout the poem, throughout the boy's life, he keeps coming back to the tree asking for things. He picked her apples to receive money. He took her branches to build himself a house. He cut her down to use her trunk to make himself a boat. He had all these wonderful things expecting happiness as a result, but still came back to her. Utter happiness is a great pair with contemptment. Not too much, but not too little. It took the boy years to realize this, until he was an old ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 39. The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein What do you do when you get a scrape on your knee? Or if your having a bad day and you want to have someone to talk to? Many people go to their mother when they get hurt, emotionally or physically. Mothers works hard and make sacrifices so we have a better life. In the book "The Giving Tree", the author Shel Silverstein uses the tree as a "mother" of the little boy because the tree played with the boy. The tree also would also give what she had to the boy, she would sacrifice what she had to make the boy happier. It would take care of the boy. The tree would love to play with the boy. From page 5 through 10 it shows how much the boy and the tree would play together. It shows all the things they would do when the boy was younger. "...he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide–and–go–seek." It is like how a mother and son play a lot together when he is young. All the things the boy and the tree would do, the mother and son do also. A mother also takes care of her child. The tree would take care of the boy. When the boy would come each time to ask for something the tree was willing to give anything ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... When the boy was tired he would sleep in the tree's shade. On page 11 and 30 it shows when the tree shows care to the boy. On page 11 it says, "And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade." And on page 30 it says, ""well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. sit down and rest." This shows that the tree is very caring every time the boy would ask for something she would gladly give it to him. And when the boy came for the last time she was still glad to help out when the boy was tired. Mothers gladly give what the child wants. They care about them. For example when her child is tired, they could rest on their lap or the mother would take them to their ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 41. Shel Silverstein Satire Laughter is a crucial thing in our everyday lives and is something you will inevitably do when you are reading Shel Silverstein's poems. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Uncle Ben found a mouse in the house or what a woman in a mink coat fought for? In all of his poems Shel Silverstein uses humor to make a connection with the reader. Shel Silverstein was a jack of all trades, not only was he a fantastic author, but he was also a musician! Although in Shel Silverstein's work he does not have a deeper meaning or connection to his life, often times his poems have a moral. In all of Shel Silverstein's poems, you can see his creative and humorous sides. Shel Silverstein's poem A Mouse In This House exemplifies his creative ability. He ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 43. Shel Silverstein Facts Shel Silverstein's children's books have sold over 20 million copies. (Anirudh. "10 Interesting Facts About Shel Silverstein." Learnodo Newtonic. 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.) His work as an author of children's books and poems is what he is best known for. He started out as a cartoonist in the army, and did not plan on becoming an author. He had a very unique writing style, which was sometimes difficult to interpret. Some say he hid deeper meanings in his writings, others say his writings could be harmful to children. ("Shel Silverstein Facts." Shel Silverstein Facts. Encyclopedia of World Magazines. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.) Shel had many talents, but his children's books, poetry and symbolism in his writing is what made him so famous. Shel ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In this narrative poem, Shel Silverstein used the tree as a metaphor for a parent who gives unconditionally, and the boy as the child who takes, but needs less and less as time goes by. In the beginning the poem showed that the boy needed the tree and wanted to be with the tree. "And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide–and–go–seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree.... very much. And the tree was happy." ("The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein." – Famous Poems, Famous Poets. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.) As children grow they become less dependant on their parent. "But time went by. And the boy grew older. And the tree was often alone." ("The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein." – Famous Poems, Famous Poets. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.) Once children get to be a certain age they need their parent mainly for money, just like the boy stating that he needs to make money and build a house. Once again the tree gave everything she could. In the end, the tree unconditionally proved her love for the boy and gave everything, and that made her happy. "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest. And the boy did. And the tree was ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 45. To Give or Not to Give in The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein In his early childhood, a boy spends his time playing with his favorite tree, climbing its trunk, and swinging from its branches. As the boy approaches adolescence, he desires money and the tree yields its apples for him to sell. At adulthood, he yearns for a home and the tree offers its branches for the man to build his home. At middle age, he asks the tree for a boat and the tree offers its trunk, which the man cuts to build his boat. During his final years, the old man asks the tree for a quiet place to sit and rest, and the tree offers its stump. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a simple story but one that poignantly illustrates the complex philosophical discussion concerning the act of giving and taking. The inimitable ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... So how do we begin the journey of giving wisely? We suggest that clients begin with self– discernment. Why do you wish to give? What values or principles do you and your family hold dear? What are some of the ideas, persons, or events that molded you? To whom do you want to give, and why? What impact would you want your giving to have on others? What do you expect to gain from your family giving? How much time and personal involvement do you want to commit to your giving? These questions flush out the motivations and values underlying the gift and reveal its intent. Understanding each other's personalities, the compatibility of goals, and the interpersonal abilities helps participants collaborate for the benefit of a shared vision. The philosophy behind your giving can become vulnerable and unprotected without a clearly defined intent. Trust agreements, wills, and articles of incorporation may be insufficient to ensure fidelity to your philanthropic mission. Donors investing the necessary time to consider these questions lay a strong foundation for defining a shared vision and framework that will help fuel the act of giving, in a manner that is both constructive and enduring for generations. Now that you've discovered and clarified your values and motivations, the next step is to articulate your philanthropic purpose through a ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 47. Beloved Poet, Shel Silverstein Do you remember reading comical poetry such as The Giving Tree during your childhood? Its author, Shel Silverstein, was one of the most recognizable children's poets and poetry icons that has ever lived. He holds a household name due to the fact that despite his past he is able to help form a future in language, poetry, and the arts for the innovators of tomorrow. Silverstein's works captured the essence of a person's childhood and changed poetry and children's literature forever. Sheldon Allan Silverstein was not always the literature icon he quickly became in the mid 20th century. Born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois during the Great Depression. He was not a very sociable child. His hobbies included drawing cartoons and writing. As a result, his professional drawing and writing career began with cartooning and writing for Playboy Magazine, in 1952. He was also not popular with girls during his teenage year, which motivated him to write more mature poetry in the future about love. Silverstein wanted to reach out to all age groups and express that his talent was not only used for the entertainment of children, but for everyone. Silverstein didn't write to impress others "... he did "hope that people no matter what age, would find something to identify... and experience a personal sense of discovery"." in his poetry (Shel Silverstein 1999). Silverstein was divorced and had one daughter, who died in her childhood. He served in the armed forces during the 1950's, and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 49. Personification In Shel Silverstein In this essay we will be analyzing Shel Silverstein and a few pieces of his work. Shel Silverstein was a poet, his high–spirited poems gave him the reputation of being a children's poet, his reputation of words, eccentric stories, and buoyant personality made kids fall in love with Silverstein's poems . The first element I will be analyzing is his use of personification, An example of personification is in the poem " Dancing Pants" it states " And now for the Dancing Pants, Doing their fabulous dance." and "They will bounce to the beat, with no legs inside then and no feet beneath. Silverstein uses personification to make his poem's carefree and lighthearted, thats why so many children like his work. Another element I will be analyzing ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 51. Brief Biography of the Poet Shel Silverstein Shel Silverstein was an outstanding poet, and he has had so many careers in his lifetime and is a very talented man. Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930 and he died in Key West, Florida on May 10 1999 (www.poets.org). Silverstein served in the U.S. Army in 1950 and got deployed to Korea and Japan then he became a very popular poet (www.poets.org). Silverstein has many characteristic such as being very courageous by going into the army but, also he was a shy man he didn't want info being leaked out about himself (www.biography.com). Silverstein was an out thinking kind of man which helped him improve his poems. He was this way because he had a unique style to his writing by making his poems fun for people by the rhythm he puts into them. The style is being different in every poem to be able to connect with his audience depending on what the purpose of the poem is. Although Silverstein wasn't a popular poet at the time, he went to Playboy where he put his name out there and found his voice (www.poets.org). Silverstein has shown a new way of writing by not always being the same way of writing every poem but to be different. First of all Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930(www.shelsilverstein.com pg.2). "He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in Korea and Japan(www.poets.org)." After the Army, he decided to draw cartoons for magazines. During his career he hit a high–point at Playboy, his cartoons ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 53. Where The Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein Essay Shel Silverstein, the author of, "Where the Sidewalk Ends", was a musician and poet known for writing children books such as, "The Giving Tree" (Shel Silverstein). He was born on September 25, 1930 and died on May 8, 1999 (Shel Silverstein). Throughout his life Mr.Silverstein, worked in many diverse occupations ranging from the military to becoming an author (Shel Silverstein). Because majority of his books and poems were for children, they (the books and poems) often incorporated positive imagery, metaphors, etc. In the poem, "Where The Sidewalk Ends", Shel Silverstein uses imagery, shift, and personal pronouns to identify that adults must forget about the materialistic things in their lives to achieve a greater sense of happiness and joy. ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... This contrast relates to the theme because it shows how an adult can negatively be affected by materialistic things such as money. In the first stanza there is a strong use of positive imagery– representing a child's mind. For example, "grass grows soft and white", gives a floral and peaceful description about the place used in the description. However, in the second stanza there is the use of negative imagery. The imagery used helps to describe a dark and lifeless city, a phrase which influences this would be, "smoke blows black", which means pollution. Within the second stanza, the narrator introduces personal pronouns. These pronouns influence the reader's thoughts about the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 55. Shel Silverstein and The Giving Tree The boy then visits again asking the tree for a house so he can have a family; the tree then gives the boy her branches to provide what he wants. However, the boy does not stay, he wonders off into his own world with the tree's branches. As the boy comes back once again the tree is just as happy as before, and although so much time has gone by and the tree has aged she still offers him the same joys he once had as a child. The boy however does not seem interested in playing in leaves instead he has another purpose for being there. "I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?" Being like a mother figure the tree gives the boy the only thing she can think of, her trunk, in hopes that this will eave the boy happy. "And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away, And the tree was happy...but not really." This shows the tree as sad for once again giving the boy something he wanted, leaving her with less and now she finds it hard to be happy for the boy. In the very last seen an old man comes back to the tree, as a reaction the tree exclaims that she can not give the boy anything anymore, she has no leaves and no branches. She tells him that all she is now is an old stump. " 'I don't need very much now,' Said the boy. 'Just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.'" As the old man tells the tree that all he needs now in life is the simple pleasure of relaxing the tree sees an opportunity to gain back everything ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 57. Symbolism In The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein The act of unconditional giving is held in high regards by many cultures as the highest form of love. From birth on, parents are there for all the ups and downs in their child's life. Shel Silverstein, author of The Giving Tree, has written a story about the representation of the relationship between a mother and child. In the The Giving Tree, children are welcomed to realize the effects their mother has on their life that one seems to fail to appreciate as they adventure throughout life. Silverstein uses symbolism to emphasize that throughout all stages of life no matter how old, busy, or tired one is, a mom will always be willing to give them unconditional love even when she has nothing else to offer. During childhood, children look up ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In The Giving Tree, much later in life, the boy, now quite old, returns to the tree one last time. Though alone and enfeebled, he is still wanting for a place to sit and rest. Yet again, the tree lovingly obliges: straightening up her much–diminished self, she invites him to sit on her stump. No matter where life takes a person at the end of the day a mother will always be there for companionship to ward off the loneliness even when she has nothing left to give a child. Even through all the years of children continuously taking from their mother, she would still always want to keep giving because what mother does not want to see her child succeed and be ultimately happy? Like all good mothers, the tree is no doubt happy to know that she could help when needed. However more importantly, like the ideal mother she is, the tree seems to understand both the character and limits of her own motherly powers. She knows the very sensibilities she so carefully encouraged when the boy was young would one day cause him to want a life of his own. She knows she must understand and accept the choices the boy makes even when they seem unwise and misguided. She knows she cannot predict or arrange the boy's future. Most especially, from the beginning of life she knows the life she encourages for the boy will cost her her own, She anticipates necessity by giving her young child ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 59. Analysis Of The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein "But I'm free to live ... go wherever I please, do whatever I want; I believe everyone should live like that. Don't be dependent on anyone else–man, woman, child or dog. I want to go everywhere, look at and listen to everything. You can go crazy with some of the wonderful stuff there is in life" (Burns, Marion 1–2). Shel Silverstein, the author of "The Giving Tree", is not only a children's author of literature but a musician, photographer, and a Korean War veteran (Burns, Marion 1–2). Silverstein is the typical man that is well–fit who wears the typical blue jeans and cowboy hat (Burns, Marion 1). He blends in by roaming around the world and being free (Burns, Marion 1). "The Giving Tree" is a piece of work that uses a simplistic style that is not just meant for young kids but is meant for all ages; is able to relate to peoples lives and opens peoples eyes on life. Reading "The Giving Tree" as a young boy, you realize that the boy is growing up and is changing along the way (Carlsson 2). As you get older and you read the book you really see there is deeper meanings to the book. "I would hope that people, no matter what age, would find something to identify with in my books" ( Burns, Marion 1). Silverstein is identifying here that all ages are affected by this novel and his other pieces of work. Also Silverstein does not just connect with different age groups but different types of groups (Burns, Marion 1). This piece of work is able to connect with so many different types ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 61. Shel Silverstein Analysis Shel Silverstein had an extraordinary mind that was full of playful poems and short stories, which even had life lessons embedded inside of them. He was a very important man when I and my sister were growing up. My sister is six years older than myself, so she has more experience and knowledge than I do. When she was in elementary school she had to memorize this poem, so, whenever I start to doubt myself she recites it like it is on the back of her hand. The poem gives us a drawing of a whale taking up the whole kitchen table (and then some) and a small girl, Melinda Mae, on one side of the table. It goes on to describe that everyone believed she could not eat the whole thing. So she started at the tail and even thought it took her eighty–nine ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 63. Shel Silverstein Research Paper Shel Silverstein is a very popular children's poetry book author, a songwriter, and a playwright. He was a very private man who did not entertain interviews and left most of his life in the shadows away from media attention. Shel Silverstein instilled the love of reading into the hearts of young American children through his short and silly poems filled with dark humor and outrageous, invented cartoon characters. Shel Silverstein was born during the Great Depression in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He started drawing at young age, because "according to him, he was not popular with the girls and was not good at sports." (Encyclopedia of WB, 341) He had a unique style of illustration and writing that mimicked no other author of his time. During the 1950's he served in the Army in Korea and Japan. While enlisted he drew cartoons for the Pacific Stars and Stripes magazine. (ECWB, 341) Ironically, Silverstein never planned on writing children's books. When his enlistment in the Armed Forces ended he began drawing cartoons and small articles for Playboy magazine. (ECWB, 341) It was not until he met Ursula Nordstrom that he thought about writing children's books. (ADD CITATION) Shel Silverstein wrote plays, songs, and many award–winning children's book. Sadly, he passed away in 1999 at the age of 67, but his legacy lives on through his still popular ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The cartoons go along with the poems and help the reader visualize as well as further understand the poems. His style of poetry is rhythmic and metered like song lyrics with a combination of serious and silly word play. His poems often include outrageous scenarios and characters chant like verses and rhymes and are often compared to those of Dr. Seuss. There are many controversies on multiple of his works on whether his deeper symbolism and dark humor is educational or harmful to ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 65. The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Analysis Would you give up everything you have for a person who once loved you to make them and yourself happy? You most likely would not, so how come this "tree" in the Giving Tree did? Was it because she was naturally selfless? Or because she was so in love with the boy she would give anything she had to him simply because he wanted it? In The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein explains what selfless and being in love means in the form of a tree and a boy. Some people are selfless and that can be a good thing, until you are nothing because someone took everything you had. The tree in this story was not around the right person and so she gave away everything to him with little in return. Now it would not be that big of a deal if he just asked her for things once or twice, but he kept coming back until she was nothing and even then she offered herself to him. "I wish that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump". The Tree states this, but after she says "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... It is very unlikely that someone would give everything to someone unless they loved the person so much that they just wanted to make them happy and would do anything for their happiness. "Once there was a tree.... and she loved a little boy". The story even states she loved the boy so of course she would give him anything to make him happy. Or maybe she was just like that, because the boy was the only person she knew. What I am saying is that since the tree only knew the boy she didn't know about selfishness or greed she only knew of love. So you cannot blame her for being ignorant of what he was doing to her, because she was not aware. It may not be the tree's fault that she gave everything she had away. She might not of known it was an unusual thing to do and that she really did not have to give everything to the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 67. The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein "The Giving Tree" is an incredible story of a tree and a boy who keep their friendships through their whole life. The book has many things that explain the concept of Friendship. As in life, the boy and tree go through many phases in life and manage to support their friendship. How did they keep their Friendship? In "The Giving Tree", Shel Silverstein uses the characters of the tree and the boy to explain the theme of Friendship and Love throughout time. Having a really good friend in your life can sometimes save your life. Friendship is one of the best things to have. In "The Giving Tree", Friendship is what kept the boy and tree living life happily. In the book, the tree gave the boy happiness and joy when he was a child. As the boy grew ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 69. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Essay The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree is a modern children literature written by Shel Silverstein, which is also one of his first successful piece of work. It is about an apple tree who always gives and gives and a boy who always takes and takes. This might be another story to read before bed times for the kids but however, it portrays so many things, from deforestation to modern society. Personally, I believe that The Giving Tree portrays the theme of selflessness versus selfishness, like the unconditional love a parent has for his or her child. "I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will be happy. And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The boy on the other hand is like us, the children who are used to receiving and receiving, so much that we take it for granted, so sometimes, we tend to forget to think about the tree or our parents. "Blessed is the mother who is able to help her child, at whatever age. This truth about parental happiness is surly known by any loving parents who has been compelled to watch impotently while his child is suffering." The example to prove this statement can be seen all through the story. "The forest is my house, but you may cut of my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy. And so the boy cut of her branches and carried them away to build his house. And the tree was happy." On the other hand, the boy still stays inconsiderate and selfish. He never even once mention to the tree how thankful he is or even a simply "thank you". "The love of the tree for the boy or the man is a selfless love, while the love of the boy for the tree is a selfish love. The boy never tries to help the tree (by pruning, feeding it, et cetera), while the entire being of the tree is devoted to helping the boy meet his most recent need, whether trivial or essential." Due to the popularity of the book, many people commented on it and so there are many different ideas, which can be view differently according to the readers' own judgement. " The boy is after all doing what is required of human being to do: he is growing up, going away, making ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 71. Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Analysis The Giving tree by Shel Silverstein is an elementary level children's book with illustrations. The book is about a young boy and his relationship with a tree throughout his life. The tree is always giving him something to make him happy and fulfill his needs. The tree never complains and is always happy to help the boy. As the boy grows older he finds different uses for the tree. At the beginning of the story, the young boy and the tree are very close but as he gets older he grows apart from the tree and only visits when he's in need of something. I personally love this book a lot. This story can have many different messages because each person can interpret the message in their own way and theres so many different possibilities. I feel that ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... This line also makes me feel anxious and a little sad because i feel that the tone foreshadows sorrow. As the story goes on it in–fact is a little sad because the young boy decided to go on and discover bigger, better things in life and he always forgets about the tree that loves him so much. This reminds me of when kids are in their teens years, how we are too busy trying to fit in amongst our peers and try new things. We are so caught up in other activities that we tend to forget about our parents and we give more importance to other things and end up taking our parents for granted. Regardless of how the boy neglects the tree that anxiously waits for him daily, the tree never holds a grudge because of how strong the love is. The tree is always so excited to see the boy whenever he visits but the boy doesn't feel the same way. "Come Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy!" "I am too big to climb and play" said the boy. He always asked the tree for something each time he visits and without hesitation the tree gives him every part of itself but the young boy is still never ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 73. The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Favour Uche Ms. Jorges American lit 11 January, 2018. The Giving Tree. The key aspect discussed in the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, is the relationship between giving and friendship. Should the act of giving be equal between friends? Should giving be solely on one person or should it be on either of them? Well the author of The Giving Tree believes that true friendship sacrifices all selflessly. He acknowledges that true friendship should give up all for the sake of the other partner and in this essay, we will explore how the author defines a true friendship. In the text it states "But I have no money...take my apples, boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy." This text reveals a tree going ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 75. The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein Analysis I decided to do a psychological reading of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is about a Tree, and a Boy. The Boy loved the Tree, and the Tree loved the Boy. The Boy would play with the Tree, and talk to it. The Tree would do anything to make the Boy happy. Time went on, and the Boy grew up and his interest in the Tree changed. In his teen years it was a place he brought girls and when he was a full grown adult he decided to take from the Tree because the Tree loved giving. The Boy took the apples from the Tree, he took the branches to build his house, and he took her trunk to build a boat. The Tree was left, empty, sad, and alone. When the Boy was an old–man he came back to the Tree but, the Tree had nothing to give, but at that point all the Boy ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... I look around me and I see beautiful trees, birds, and vegetation even in the harsh Wisconsin winter. I realize that this is all we have. Nature is slowly diminishing due to new buildings, and roads, etc. One of the things Shel Silverstein is trying to convey is the beauty of nature, and how much it does for us humans, the Boy asks the Tree "Can you give me a house?" the Tree responds, " I have no house; But you may cut off my branches and build a house." Not only is Shel Silverstein an environmental activist due to research I have done, but he is calling for action. He wants people to look around them, and appreciate the nature we are blessed with. Besides taking care of nature, and respecting nature Shel Silverstein is making key points about life. What I have gathered from the reading it seems as if the author Shel Silverstein is reflecting on how fast his life has gone by, "The Boy grew older, and the Tree was often alone." He's teaching the reader to appreciate their childhood, and live in the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 77. The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Analysis The Giving Tree is a poem by Shel Silverstein explaining the relationship between a boy and a tree. As the boy grew older he found he didn't need the tree as much anymore but he always came back to the tree when he was in need and the tree never refused him, he just continued to give without question. This poem helps us realize that you should always be there for someone to rely on, take life easy and just focus on what you need over what you want. Sometimes in life we're so quick to want to grow up that we may end up rushing through it and we aren't able to truly treasure the ideal moments that are worth living for. Life Is too short to skim through and wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right and dismiss those who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason. If your life changes, let it be. Life may not be simple, but it is worth it. Don't stress it, take like easy and enjoy the precious moments in life and adore the genuine people in your life who would give anything to make you happy even if it means losing themselves in the process. "I wish that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry...." "I don't need very much now," said the boy. In ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The tree is an example of authentic friend for she possesses all of those qualities. She is always there to listen to the boy talk about what he wants and provides him with not only her support but also the materials he needs to achieve what he desires. No matter how bizarre his requests may be she doesn't judge him she continues to be there for him and support his wishes. "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did. And the tree was happy. Even after the tree was left with nothing but her stump she was still more than happy to provide what was left of her for the boy to finally ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...