The speaker of the poem is one of the three Sirens. Atwood depicts the siren as this beautiful, irresistible woman who is not content with continuously singing the same “song”. The Siren creates false vulnerability in order to make it seem as if she is in distress. The purpose of this is to lure men and make them believe that they are different and that only they can save her. “Help me! / Only you, only you can, / you are unique” (22-24). The siren is used as a symbol to show one of the typical stereotypes of woman in today’s society. The stereotype shown is that woman tend to make themselves seem helpless by playing the role of the “damsel in distress”. In describing her curse, the siren wails about her “pic...
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...e speaker’s “true” feelings about her existence, that it is merely an imprisonment, due to unwanted beauty. Yet, the speaker then states “…come closer…,” and suddenly the reader knows that her lament was only an extension of her deadly craft. The last line: “It is a boring song but it works every time,” is satirical in nature and is somewhat hilarious. It shows the speaker shrugging off her actions, a distinct comment made by Atwood about the negative opinion of women.
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