The Giving Tree Hidden Meaning
The giving tree is about the life of an apple tree and a 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, he does and sells them. After reaching adulthood, the boy wants a place to live; the tree suggests he cut her branches to build a house, which he does. After reaching middle age, the boy wants a boat, so that he can sail far away from there; the tree suggests he cut her trunk and use it to make himself boat, which he does, leaving her as only a stump. In the end, the boy (now an old man) wants only "a quiet place to sit and rest," which the stump provides. The story ends with the sentence "And the tree was happy."
The giving tree gives an example of what happens when you love someone selflessly, and they selfishly love you. This is shown here; " '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. Can you give me 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 city. Then you will have money and you'll be happy'And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away. And the tree was happy... " As you can see, the "boy" has started taking advantage of the trees generosity, offering nothing in return for taking her apples, branches, and trunk.
I think this relates to real life in this manner; if you never say no to someone, they will continuously ask more and more of you, until you have nothing more to give them.