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Visible: Experience

22 Apr

So much of  The Giving Tree  is experienced through the quality of being visible. However, there is much to the story that is not explicitly visible because of lack of color or extreme detail in the drawings or even detail in the text. The visibility of this work is provided through the work of the imagination. As an experience, the visibility of The Giving Tree is such that the mind creates the forest as the environment in which the boy and tree’s relationship is kindled and therefore allows for a sense of happiness and adventure because of the mind’s freedom to go where it pleases.

Personally, when reading the story, I fill in the gaps, imagining other trees in the forest, a blue sky, bright sunshine. I imagine the boy shimmying up the tree rustling the branches, ruling the forest as a boy with such a wide open imagination. I imagine his life when he is away, at home with his family, spending time with his girlfriend under the tree. I imagine the boy carving the initials into the tree as a young boy, and again as an adolescent with the initials of his love. I imagine the boy growing older as a man, marrying his love from younger years, making a life with her. He needs a house so we see him return to the tree and ask for some wood. The tree of course gives him the wood and as the image on the page shows the boy, now older, walking away with the wood, one imagines him cutting this wood and building a house.

This story is so beautifully written that I would describe this experience of reading as imaginative and emotional. The visibility that the imagination provides is quite pleasurable and one that is most definitely unique to this work of literature.


Exact: Adaptation

21 Apr

If adapted, The Giving Tree would make for an easy set and script. Although filler material would be required, it would be an expansion of what is already available, and simply an execution of what is imagined.

In terms of being exact and using the elements of adaptation from Seger, The Giving Tree has a great deal of direction and dimensionality- two elements she says are essential for making a story dramatic. If it were not for the exact nature of this storyline the sense of drama would be significantly less because of the tensions that is provided. Tension is an essential element to drama, at least in my mind, and the fact that sentences are left open, unanswered on one page until the next is read, it provides for the opportunity to expand on what exactly is happening in an adaptation, or in the case of reading the book first hand, an imaginative experience.

Also evident as a result of this story being exact is its division into three parts: when the boy is young, when he is an adolescent/young adult, and when he becomes a man in his older age. The presentation of his life in these exact stages as well as obvious transitions offer further support for the ability of this story to be adapted to another work of art, such as film. Without exactitude, a film has no definition and makes no sense to the audience.

Finally, The Giving Tree could not be more exact in its theme. Although its title is an obvious implication of what is to be read in the book, one who just reads the cover does not know to what extent or in what way the tree is a giver. With the tree’s explicit allowance and provision encouraged personally by the tree, the audience cannot help but understand that this tree really is a giver in both a physical and unconditional sense. Without exactness, this would not be understood, and this story not as cherished.

Light: Cornell

21 Apr

The composition of a blox based on the work and guidance of Cornell around The Giving Tree in terms of the quality of being light, I will draw upon things from my own childhood that give me memories of lightness that are also found in The Giving Tree. The first thing that comes to mind is leaves. Not only are leaves an epitome of the quality of being light, but they are a large aspect of the story- they are much of the tree as the picture on the pages, as well as a prop for the boy when he makes a crown and builds his house. Another item included in my blox for light’s quality will be a child’s blanket. This is for both personal reasons and because of the boy’s adolescence in the book. When I would young I had a blanket that I loved. It was the perfect weight- just light enough to be snuggly and comforting while at the same time providing the comfort of warmth when I was cold.  Part of my synthesis for the holes in the story is the boy at home with his family. I can imagine that he would also have some kind of a blanket, as many children do.

The concept of being light can also, in my mind, represent a state of happiness. Therefore, I will include a flower, more specifically a daisy, because flowers make me happy. This is something that I imagine being around as a wildflower in the forest where the tree grows and where the boy plays. As a child myself, I spent a great deal of time playing outside and enjoying the outdoors. As another component of lightness implied in The Giving Tree to which I also relate are clouds. As the boy is outside playing in the shade of the tree, one can imagine that the sky is filled with sunlight and big, pillowy clouds.

For all of these items, I have reflected on the aspects of the story to which I relate that represent lightness. I have relied on nostalgia as well as prior knowledge that has been acquired over my 22 years of living, along with my 17 years of education. Like Cornell, this reliance on both physical and mental notes and the collection of items surrounding specific emotions have allowed me to compile this blox as I have.