The Giving Tree Hidden Meaning

By: Max

Summary

   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."

Hidden Meanings

   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.

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2 years ago
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I love your implication, it is really relatable to how it is in real life. It was very well explained.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication you can't give away things because people will take advantage of you because people will use you for every thing you have.

2 years ago
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I think you made good implications that relate well to life. I always saw the tree as a victim, and always wanted her to tell the boy that he needs to work for himself, instead of taking all her stuff.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication, it was well stated, overall good job

2 years ago
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Good summary for the story. I agree with your implication because it is really relatable to life.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implications on loving each other selflessly. Although if the other person is selfish you should find another friend.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication and can totally relate to this experience. I agree because someone that is selfish and someone that is selfless don't mix

2 years ago
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You did a fantastic summary and implication! Your implication is really relative to life! I have had people that I loved and cared for before but after a while I realized that they did not show me the same love and care. Some people just take advantage of love.

2 years ago
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I agree with your implication that if you keep taking something from someone that love is selfish.

2 years ago
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This story makes me sad because the boy takes advantage of the tree when the tree is trying to be nice. I wish that people in real life would not be so greedy. I know a guy that went to a Chinese resturaunt with his friends, and then he helped pay for his friend's food, and then some more friends wanted help paying, and eventually he payed for the whole meal. That made him pretty mad. Jackson Nethercutt