History Literature / TheGivingTree

2nd Jun '14 1:24:46 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ParentalSubstitute: The Tree is a metaphor for the Boy's parents, dedicating their lives to providing for the generation that will replace them. Well at least that's one of [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory many]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree#Interpretations possibilities]].

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* ParentalSubstitute: The Tree is often perceived to be a metaphor for the Boy's parents, dedicating their lives to providing for the generation that will replace them. Well at least that's one of [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory many]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree#Interpretations possibilities]].
2nd Jun '14 1:21:32 PM eedwardgrey3
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* ParentalSubstitute: The Tree is a metaphor for the Boy's parents, dedicating their lives to providing for the generation that will replace them.

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* ParentalSubstitute: The Tree is a metaphor for the Boy's parents, dedicating their lives to providing for the generation that will replace them. Well at least that's one of [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory many]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree#Interpretations possibilities]].
29th Dec '13 11:46:00 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: The Tree's unconditional love makes her sacrifice almost everything about herself to provide for the Boy. It's the most heartwarming way to show the rather illogical nature of love.

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: The Tree's unconditional love makes her sacrifice almost everything about herself to provide for the Boy. It's beautiful and a little sad at the most heartwarming way to show the rather illogical nature of love.same time.
29th Dec '13 11:32:24 PM CaptainCrawdad
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This story is absolutely ''made'' of {{applicability}} and even young children at barely the required reading level can recognize this. In fact, if read without regards to the symbolism, the story is disturbingly laden with FridgeLogic and FridgeHorror. For this reason the examples are split into three sections.

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This story is absolutely ''made'' Because of {{applicability}} the story's simple plot and even young children at barely the required reading level can recognize this. In fact, if read without regards language, it's often a child's first introduction to the symbolism, the story is disturbingly laden with FridgeLogic metaphor and FridgeHorror. For this reason the examples are split into three sections.
allegory.



!! If read as a metaphor this work provides examples of

* HappinessInSlavery
* HeroicSacrifice: The Giving Tree, of course.
* IJustWantToBeLoved
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* ParentalSubstitute
* RuleOfSymbolism: Things like the tree being able to talk as well as being alive even after being cut down are easy to HandWave if you take this story as an allegory.

!! If read without metaphor this work provides examples of:

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!! If read as a metaphor this work This book provides examples of

of:

* HappinessInSlavery
* HeroicSacrifice:
AllTakeAndNoGive: The Giving Tree, of course.
* IJustWantToBeLoved
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* ParentalSubstitute
* RuleOfSymbolism: Things like the
tree being able to talk as well as being alive even after being cut down are easy to HandWave if you take this story as an allegory.

!! If read without metaphor this work provides examples of:
receives no compensation beyond the joy of making the boy happy.



* JustEatGilligan: Why don't you just get a friend that doesn't want to kill you, Giving Tree? Why don't you cut down a tree who ''can't'' talk, or at least one that's not your friend, little boy? This is spoofed hilariously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYQavD9mSIc here]].
* KarmaHoudini The br.. [[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]
* KickTheDog: Every time the boy takes wood from the Giving Tree.
* PlantPerson
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: If the tree was a human woman this story wouldn't have worked. After all, [[AxeCrazy dismembering your mother]] and making her into gristly flesh contraptions tends to make you cross the MoralEventHorizon rather quickly... [[{{Squick}} even if she says]] [[TooKinkyToTorture go ahead]].

!! Read either way this work is an example of:
* AllTakeAndNoGive: The tree receives no compensation beyond the joy of making the boy happy.

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* JustEatGilligan: Why don't you just get a friend that doesn't want to kill you, Giving Tree? Why don't you cut down a tree who ''can't'' talk, or at least one that's not your friend, little boy? This is spoofed hilariously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYQavD9mSIc here]].
* KarmaHoudini The br.. [[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]
* KickTheDog: Every time the boy takes wood from the Giving Tree.
* PlantPerson
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: If the tree was a human woman this story wouldn't have worked. After all, [[AxeCrazy dismembering your mother]] and making her into gristly flesh contraptions tends to make you cross the MoralEventHorizon rather quickly... [[{{Squick}} even if she says]] [[TooKinkyToTorture go ahead]].

!! Read either way this work is an example of:
* AllTakeAndNoGive:
HappinessInSlavery: The tree receives no compensation beyond does not feel sad for being used by the joy boy. She gives of making herself freely to see the boy happy.comfortably through his life.
* HeroicSacrifice: The Giving Tree, sacrificing more and more parts of her body until she's nothing more than a stump, but even as a stump she can still provide for the boy and be happy.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The Giving Tree's sole desire is to make the Boy happy.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: The Tree's unconditional love makes her sacrifice almost everything about herself to provide for the Boy. It's the most heartwarming way to show the rather illogical nature of love.




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* ParentalSubstitute: The Tree is a metaphor for the Boy's parents, dedicating their lives to providing for the generation that will replace them.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Things like the tree being able to talk as well as being alive even after being cut down are easy to HandWave if you take this story as an allegory.
29th Dec '13 11:16:39 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: The first variety is this story in a nutshell.
* ExtremeDoormat: Poor Giving Tree.

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* AllTakeAndNoGive: The first variety is this story in a nutshell.
* ExtremeDoormat: Poor Giving Tree.
tree receives no compensation beyond the joy of making the boy happy.



* ViciousCycle: One of giving and then being asked for more, and more... and more...

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* ViciousCycle: One of giving and then being asked for more, and more... and more...
19th Jun '13 1:00:19 PM ndboy
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* KarmaHoudini The br..[[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]

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* KarmaHoudini The br.. [[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]
19th Jun '13 1:00:04 PM ndboy
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* KarmaHoudini The bra..er [[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]

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* KarmaHoudini The bra..er br..[[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]
19th Jun '13 12:59:00 PM ndboy
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* KarmaHoudini The brat..er [[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]

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* KarmaHoudini The brat..bra..er [[LastSecondWordSwap kid]]
23rd Apr '13 8:55:14 PM Tuckerscreator
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* AxeCrazy: The boy.

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* AxeCrazy: AnAxeToGrind: The boy.boy, once he grows old enough to need the wood.
21st Mar '13 6:41:25 AM LordGro
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->''"Once there was a tree... and she loved a little boy."''\\

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->''"Once there was a tree... and she loved a little boy."''\\
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