Odyssey Siren Song Analysis

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“Come closer famous Odysseus”. The dangerous sirens seem to be able to lure in any man they please with their irresistible song. The visions of the sirens are portrayed differently in Homers exert from the Odyssey than they are in Atwood’s poem Siren song. In the exert we vision them as dangerous and need to be avoided, while in Atwood’s poem we see them as irresistible and unavoidable. In Homers Odyssey the sirens are described as luring, tempting, beautiful creatures that show no fear. Odysseus explains all the hardships and troubles him and his ship crew go through to avoid getting lured into the sirens with vivid imagery. “Now with a sharp sword I sliced an ample wheel of beeswax down into pieces, I kneaded them in my two strong hands” tells u that Odysseus isn’t going to take any chances and fight the irresistible song. Odysseus and his crew seem almost helpless when it comes to avoiding the sirens. Odysseus’s desire to listen to their deadly song is portrayed when his heart “throbbing to listen longer.” This helpless sense seems to be present throughout the entire passage.…show more content…
The attitude in Atwood’s Siren Song by Margret Atwood is captured by an image of the sirens described as “picturesque and mythical.” Atwood draws her readers in by having the sirens use their sex appeal to lure in men and force them to “leap overboard in squadrons.” She then goes on and gives the readers the assumption that the sirens are bored with their beauty, and are almost sickened with the same routine and outcome. “Shall I tell you the secret, and if I do will you get me out of this bird suit?” that implies that the sirens are bored. We see that the song is “irresistible and anyone who has heard it is dead or can’t remember it.” This makes us as readers more interested. The sirens trick men with their beautiful song, and lure them into their deadly
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