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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Giving Tree Week: Day #3 by Angela Frederick

Today's post is from Angela Frederick, Teen Services Librarian.  
You can find her on Twitter @angelina41

The Giving Tree

If you read The Giving Tree as a metaphor of a relationship between a man and a woman, it's especially disgusting.  The tree (the woman) gives and gives of herself until the man has taken every part of her that can be used and has left her a literal stump.  If you read it as a metaphor for humanity and the environment, it makes a bit more sense.  If people keep taking and taking from the environment without renewing resources, both humanity and the environment lose out.

I do not know what Shel Silverstein inteded with the story, but it does provide a lot of food for thought and discussion.




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