• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Siren Song Essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Bibi King ENG 3U7 Mrs. Price June 1, 2009 The Siren Song Since the beginning of time, women have often been objectified as frail, beautiful, sexually alluring creatures, with no other object or design but that of enticing men. The Siren Song, by Margaret Atwood, addresses the way in which women use this stereotype of their own sex to their advantage in attracting men, feigning vulnerability, making a man feel unique, calling out to him for help, and then trapping him. This is depicted through the way in which the speaker addresses the reader; she first engages them with the mystery of the Siren's song, alluring them further with the promise of a secret she will tell to only them. Similar to the way in which a woman would attract a man, the speaker feigns weakness, calling out to the reader for help, and then entrapping them. The Siren song alludes to the myth of Ulysses, by Homer, in which Sirens are the woman headed, bird bodied creatures that sit on their Island, and lure sailors to their death with their beautiful song. According to The Odyssey, Ulysses, aware of the danger as his ship approaches the Island of Sirens, gives his shipmen wax to put in their ...read more.

Middle

The speaker further goes on to cry out to the reader for help, evoking in the reader a feeling of pity for the speaker, as the siren song would in the sailors, causing them to rush eagerly towards their death. Further on, imagery is used to describe the beauty of the siren, "squatting on this island looking picturesque and mythical". This displays the Sirens as objects for display, designed to lure men in, just like the beauty of a female. Finally, pity is evoked in the reader for the speaker once more with the lines "with these two feathery maniacs. I don't enjoy singing this trio, fatal and valuable in this way, the speaker cunningly convinces the reader that she is vulnerable and in need of the reader's help, eventually luring them in to their destruction. Throughout these various uses of imagery, Atwood depicts there is a sexual/feminist connotation behind the myth of the Siren. Imagery is used to emphasize the theme of feminine allure, the power female posses in attracting men and having their bidding done, simply by feigning vulnerability, and promising a secret in a satirical tone. ...read more.

Conclusion

Atwood also suggests a feminist tone in the poem, by portraying the sirens in as powerful, cunning creatures, who can attract men simply by feigning vulnerability, calling out for help to the sailors, making them feel unique and needed, and leading them to their deaths. Although the poem alludes to the myth of Odysseus, the dominant theme in Siren Song lies underneath it; it is the power of female attraction. Atwood is suggesting and moreover satirizing, that through the ages, women have been stereotyped, objectified as creatures who are only physically beautiful and insipid, that they are designed only for the sexual pleasure of men, but however, some women, like the sirens in Homer's myth have used this stereotype to their personal advantage in a way that is empowering to females. Such a theme reflects the media of today; in movies, music and television, women are seen using their physical beauty to attract males, convincing them to do their bidding. Such displays have had a profound effect on the females of today's youth, who subjugate themselves to the same type of predicament. Atwood is evidently aware of this underestimation of the female mind, and satirizes the way in which women use this stereotype to their personal advantage. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Morning Song - Analysis

    The child is both distant like a "far sea" yet close up like "flat pink roses". Moreover the use of the word 'sea' connotes not only vastness, but over a possible sense of uncertainty and treachery, in an effort to parallel the emotions of the speaker as she comes to

  2. English Owl song -Oliver

    Step six: purpose and theme Purpose: to seek understanding or the "why" of death, especially murder/ to show there is murderous tendencies in all of us. Theme: in this poem, Atwood attempts to seek the why of death and to show there are murderous tendencies in all of us.

  1. Of Mice and Men Analytical Essay

    Apart from his Aunt Clara and George, Lennie has no friends or family, and despite having George as a constant companion, he still feels lonely.

  2. Kiss of the Spider Woman Essay

    He is saying that Gabriel's partner is not satisfying him as much as he should be satisfied. Because his statement about his physical appearance appears before the one about his concern for Gabriel's life, Puig reveals that his physical attraction is a large part and reason for his love for Gabriel.

  1. Extended Essay: Harry Potter vs King Arthur

    For eleven years Harry grew up hated and ridiculed with his aunt and uncle, not having a clue of his magical world connections. At this point we notice that while Arthur grew up comfortably with his loving foster family, Harry grew up hated and down trod with his unbearable aunt and uncle.

  2. Engligh Extended Essay on Egdgar Allen Poe

    not only being sentient, but as having a distinct and cruel personality as it obviously wants to draw out the death of the protagonist and torture him.

  1. Katherine Mansfield and Female Dependance

    Her life is deteriorating due to the fact that her husband has neglected to care and love her the way a husband ought to. While she used to be beautiful, "as pretty as a wax doll," her looks are now spoiled.

  2. Hindi Extended Essay - time travel

    à¤à¤°à¥à¤¬ à¤à¤¾à¤²à¥à¤¸ लाठसà¥à¤°à¤à¥ à¤à¥ बराबर हॠà¤à¤° लà¤à¤¤à¤¾ हॠà¤à¥ वॠà¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ हॠà¤à¥à¤°à¥à¤¤à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤à¤°à¥à¤·à¤£ बल à¤à¥ दवाब सॠà¤à¤¸à¤à¥ à¤à¤à¤¦à¤° दब à¤à¤ हॠहम à¤à¤¸ बà¥à¤²à¥à¤ हà¥à¤² à¤à¥ à¤à¤¿à¤¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤°à¥à¤¬ à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¥à¤à¥ à¤à¥à¤°à¥à¤¤à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤à¤°à¥à¤·à¤£ बल भॠà¤à¤¤à¤¨à¤¾ हॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ हà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¸à¤à¥ à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ à¤à¤°à¥à¤¬ à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ पर तॠपà¥à¤°à¤à¤¾à¤¶ भॠà¤à¤¸à¤à¥ à¤à¤à¥à¤à¤² मà¥à¤

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work