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"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein ; Common App/ Literature that surprised me


schoudhry 2 / 2  
Dec 30, 2012   #1
It's the story of selfless giving and unconditional love. Reading "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein at the age of 17 has changed my perception of myself and those who have raised me. This poem describes the love story of a young boy and a tree. In the beginning, the boy and tree share a mutual love. However as years go by, the boy leaves the tree's endless love and desires many things that hurt the tree. However the tree gives repeatedly, disregarding the pain and loss it feels. Eventually when the tree has nothing left to give and the boy-turned-man no longer wants anything, they finally reunite to enjoy each other's company. This poem simply shows both adults and children the pleasure of giving. I had read this poem in my childhood, but I realize now, that I was only taking. I took the love of my parents and the knowledge of my teachers and used it to grow and become who I am today. However now it is my turn to give, and give selflessly as my teachers and parents did (and continue to do). I have seen my parents and teachers age as the tree did, their brown hair now peppered with white, their joints cracking as they sit up, and the fatigue masked by their smiles. And although giving back isn't mentioned in the poem, I now understand how important it is to give back as much as I can to those who cared for me. This simple but meaningful poem has unsettled me by showing me of my greed; it has also shown me of the effort and love one puts towards something they love.
mintsnapple 2 / 2 1  
Dec 30, 2012   #2
It's good, just a few things:

Try not to be too redundant with "however"

Try to make a shorter summary of the story; it isn't what your essay is about.

"but I realize now, that I was only taking"

There should be no comma

Also, try to make your essay sound better by using active voice.


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