God through Tigers in “Greed and Aggression” and “The Tyger”
Throughout history, human beings have regarded something supernatural as “God’s
However, no one knows whether God really exists or what God looks like.
conception of God differs from religion to religion and from individual to individual.
and Aggression” by Sharon Olds and “The Tyger” by William Blake, both poets reflect their
own conception of God.
Their images of God are conveyed through tigers; in “Greed and
Aggression,” the God is depicted as “God of Sex” to express the divine sexuality, in contrast, in
“The Tyger,” the God is depicted as magnificent figure which created such a fearsome creature,
Even though in both poems, the poets try to convey their messages via tigers, because
of theme, symbolism, and tigers’ relationship with God, these poems gives us totally different
First, in both poems, the poets try to convey what they would like to express through
tigers; in “Greed and Aggression,” the speaker compares herself to a tiger and narrates the
aggressive feeling about her sexual act from the point of the tiger’s view, in contrast, in “The
Tyger,” the speaker narrates how fearsome the tiger is and questions who created the tiger.
“Greed and Aggression,” the speaker
attitude toward sexual act seems very aggressive and she is
affirmative about her greediness for the act.
She lays her body down on a man as if it is pleasure
on “elegant heavy body of the eland it eats.” (Olds 5)
She is very aggressive since the eater is
herself and her prey is the man she is on. In addition, she is “gluttony,” (4) which implies her
greed for sex. Her spoils’ “spiral horn” (6) gives her “ecstasy” (7) and she cannot help its