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The Giving Tree

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Transcript of The Giving Tree

Growing up
Happiness
The tree was happy as long as the boy was happy
Generosity/Taking Advantage of Others
Personification
Alliteration
and she said, “
C
ome, Boy,
c
limb up my trunk
Personification
“…the tree was so happy she could hardly speak.”
“‘Come, Boy,’ she whispered,”

Humans have feelings and can speak and whisper, but not trees, so as the author writes this, he is giving the tree human-like abilities.
Personification
and the
loved
a little boy
and they would
play
hide-and-go-seek
and the tree was
happy
and the tree
said
The Giving Tree
By Afra, Cindy, Emma, and Jackie
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 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.
But time went by.
And the boy grew older.
And the tree was often alone.
Then one day the boy came to the tree
and the tree said, "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.
"I want to buy things and have fun.
I want 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."
And so the boy climbed up the
tree and gathered her apples
and carried them away.
And the tree was happy.
But the boy stayed away for a long time....
and the tree was sad.
And then one day the boy came back
and the tree shook with joy
and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk
and swing from my branches and be happy."
"I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy.
"I want a house to keep me warm," he said.
"I want a wife and I want children,
and so I need a house.
Can you give me a house ?"
" I have no house," said the tree.
"The forest is my house,
but you may cut off
my branches and build a
house. Then you will be happy."
And so the boy cut off her branches
and carried them away
to build his house.
And the tree was happy.
But the boy stayed away for a long time.
And when he came back,
the tree was so happy
she could hardly speak.
"Come, Boy," she whispered,
"come and play."
"I am too old and sad to play,"
said the boy.
"I want a boat that will
take me far away from here.
Can you give me a boat?"
"Cut down my trunk
and make a boat," said the tree.
"Then you can sail away...
and be happy."
And so the boy cut down her trunk
and made a boat and sailed away.
And the tree was happy... but not really.
And after a long time
the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy,"
said the tree," but I have nothing
left to give you -
My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak
for apples," said the boy.
"My branches are gone,"
said the tree. " You
cannot swing on them - "
"I am too old to swing
on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone, " said the tree.
"You cannot climb - "
"I am too tired to climb" said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"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.
"just a quiet place to sit and rest.
I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening
herself up as much as she could,
"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.
and swing from my
b
ranches and
b
e happy.
“I
w
ant a
w
ife and I
w
ant children,
“I
h
ave no
h
ouse,” said the tree.
my
b
ranches and
b
uild a
Metaphor
The forest is my house
Personification
and the tree
shook
with joy
Rhyme
”I am too busy to climb trees,” said the
boy.
and the tree shook with
joy
Thanks for Listening!
Miscellaneous
form - narrative, ballad in free verse
uses lots of refrain and repetition: e.g. "And the tree was happy", "But the boy stayed away for a long time", "Come, Boy", "Then you will be happy"
alternates between a joyful and wistful tone
simple diction; uses mainly words such as "happy" and "sad"
third person; omniscient limited
Section 2
Section 1
Section 3
Section 4
The boy never stopped taking from the tree until nothing was left.
It is important to give, but overdoing it may leave you hurt in the end
The tree never got a thank you
Generosity is important, it makes others happy and you happy as well
The tree never expected anything in return.
Tonal shift
"And the tree was happy...but not really."

The reader will wonder, “Why isn’t she happy after sacrificing her trunk for a boat as she once was after giving the boy her branches and apples?"
The boy played with the tree a lot when he was young, but abandoned her as he grew up. He lost his innocence and imagination.
Relationships change with time, but eventually both sides will recognize the change.
Unconditional love
The relationship between the boy and the tree is similar to that between a mother and her son.
Mothers are willing to make sacrifices for their children and prize their happiness above all else.
Refrain
And the tree was happy

"I am sorry"
sighed
the tree
And the tree was
happy
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