The Giving Tree meets the definition of good writing in many ways. When you are done reading it, no matter how old you are you will think about the message. Some of the first books that you read or have read to you are the ones that mean the most to you and stick with you throughout your life and you tend to pass those on to your children. To me the most important things when it comes to good writing it should do many things for you. While you are reading it, you in some shape or form should be able to relate with what the writer is trying to say to you. I feel as if you shouldn’t want to put it down.
It should be a good piece that draws your attention and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. After you read the passage you should be thinking to yourself what message the writer was trying to convey to you. If a writer has accomplished good writing you will definitely not have to think twice about it. You will just know. When you are little, it’s so much easier for you to relate and use your imagination. The book follows the lives of a female apple tree and a male human boy who are able to communicate with each other; the tree addresses the human as “Boy” his entire life.
In his childhood, the boy enjoys playing with the tree, climbing her trunk, swinging from her branches, and eating her apples. However, as time passes he starts to make requests of the tree. After entering adolescence, the boy wants money; the tree suggests that he pick and sell her apples, which he does. After reaching adulthood, the boy wants a house; the tree suggests he cut her branches to build a house, which he does. After reaching middle age, the boy wants a boat; the tree suggests he cut her trunk to make a boat, which he does, leaving only a stump.
In the final pages, the boy is now and old man and only wants “a quiet place to sit and rest,” which the stump provides. The story ends with the sentence “And the tree was happy. ” When I was three years old, my mom introduced me to this book. Obviously I wasn’t old enough to completely understand the message that Shel Silverstein was trying to convey but it still caught my attention. As I got older, I was more interested and I would ask my mom questions about the story and what certain things meant. I like The Giving Tree for many reasons.
The main reason why I still read it and enjoy it is because it’s a reminder for you to not be selfish and don’t take little things in life for granted. Definitely a life lesson book for many ages. Another message you can get from this book that is kind of hidden would be that love comes back. You can take this a couple ways. You can be kind and give things to the people that you love and if they love you as well then they will come back to you even when you have nothing left to give. It shows you that through the sketched pictures but the description and lesson behind the book mean the most.
My favorite part of the book is when the “boy” comes to sit on the on the stump for a place to relax but doesn’t realize that he took everything that the tree had because he was selfish and wanted money, a house, and a boat. When the “boy” came back, he was an old man and the tree felt bad because she didn’t have anything else to give to the boy and now that the boy didn’t need anything else, he just wanted to use her stump for a place to rest. The biggest and most important moral of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree is indeed self-sacrifice.
Whatever thing the boy needed from the tree, the boy got. By the book’s end, as a final act of piety or charity, the tree serves as a stump for the boy to sit upon who, by this point, is no longer a boy but a frail old man. Notice how the boy’s parents never show up in the story. Their whereabouts is a complete mystery to the reader. Or is it the Tree that is the parent? Well, then that would make a lot of sense. Heaven only knows how much a parent will sacrifice for their children and the pains they endure to make sure that their children are well fed, are clothed and are safe from harm.
So under this very same premise, the Tree had, but the book’s end, provided unconditionally for the Boy I feel like I am the tree in this situation. I am a very giving person and I do anything I can to make the people around me happy. Lately all people do is take, take, take until you don’t have anything left for them to take and then they don’t want anything to do with you. As for me, when I had this book read to me when I was little, I loved it and had my mom read it to me almost every day. Once I was a little bit older and could somewhat
understand the message to the book I loved it even more. I haven’t really taken the time to review the book until now and I really see the message that is coming across and it is definitely a life lesson book that makes you think about the things in life that you may take for granted. Even the little things. I somewhat think that it’s sad that the tree gave, gave, gave until she didn’t have anything left and then was disappointed when the “boy” came back and she didn’t have anything left to give him.