For the apple signifies human hatred and anger, the statement "And he knew that it was mine" rings with terrible irony, because both the opponent and the speaker are unaware that the poisoned apple has infected them both and belongs to them jointly. Their mutual animosity has tainted both of them. This is why the prince asks for forgiveness for having accused him falsely of treason.
The irony here is that both the opponent and the speaker are victims of their own hatred. They are not only wrong about each other, but also about themselves. The poisoned apple represents all the evil that people do to one another every day. It shows that even those who seem like they are far away from you can still hurt you badly by attacking your mind with doubts and accusations.
People use language to hurt others, to make them feel small or insecure. Unfortunately, this often includes us too. When someone attacks you with words, they are using words as a weapon. Remember this, and keep in mind how dangerous words can be. That's why it's important to know how to handle different situations where you might need to respond with words.
There are three ways people use words: to help, to harm, and to wonder what exactly happened here? Words have the power to heal or to hurt. They can be used to defend against attack, or to attack when attacked. They can motivate us to act, or leave us feeling discouraged.
The apple signifies wrath as it grows and ripens. The apple was selected as a symbol because it is a common fruit, and anger and vengeance are typical human emotions. The apple alludes to the apple in the biblical Garden of Eden tale. There, God told man that he should not eat from any particular tree but instead take care of himself and his surroundings. Eating from one of the trees would have gotten him kicked out of paradise and made humanity vulnerable to evil.
The seed pod of the apple tree contains small brown seeds that are attached to long filaments called pappus fibers. These particles are responsible for the wind dispersing the seeds. Because apples grow in temperate climates where winters are cold, their seeds will not sprout until exposed to heat from the ground during springtime thaws or when planted in soil with some amount of organic matter such as compost or manure. When the seed germinates, the plant's energy is focused on growing a root system rather than flowers or leaves. This is why scientists believe that apple seeds contain most of their nutrients inside the pod rather than the fruit.
When you look at an apple tree, notice how the fruit changes color as it approaches maturity. Red apples come from mature fruits that have been damaged by insects or weather. If you see green apples, they haven't reached maturity yet.
This "apple brilliant" draws his adversary, who then sneaks into the speaker's garden one night and eats the apple from this tree; when the speaker discovers his adversary the next morning, he is dead under the tree, having eaten the poisoned fruit. This story may have originated with an actual event that happened in Greece around 600 B.C.
In Greek mythology, the Apple of Discord was given by the goddess Hera to Zeus as a gift, but she also gave him a similar apple that would cause all peace between people when eaten. So whenever they came together at a wedding or funeral, someone would eat the apple; if they did so quickly, everyone would be happy for a while, but eventually their strife-ridden world would again come down to nothingness vs. chaos.
According to some sources, this is how the first human beings ended up on Earth. A race of evil gods known as the Titans fought a series of wars over who would be the most powerful, until finally Zeus came out on top. He decided to give humanity souls that would live forever, and ordered his wife, Hera, to provide these souls with eternity by putting them in body bags called "skins". However, since humans could not survive without food and water, Zeus also created plants that would kill anyone who ate them. He thought that if humans were unable to survive, they would never become angry with him and try to rebel against his power.
In the first, publicly discussing anger is promoted as a method to move past it. The speaker's rage is described in the poem as developing into a tree that yields poisoned apples, using an elaborate metaphor. The speaker's adversary then consumes an apple from the tree and perishes. It is this act that causes the speaker grief because he has caused someone to die over something that was entirely beyond his control.
The second explanation focuses on the moral aspect of the story. It states that the tree is angry because its owner killed its son. Therefore, it produces poisonous fruit to harm anyone who might kill its own offspring.
The third interpretation sees the tree as an image of anger. It claims that the tree is angry because it was not allowed to grow up with its siblings. Also, its owners kept it locked up in a garden, where they could see it but it could not hurt them.
Finally, some scholars believe the tree is a representation of violence itself. They say that the tree was grown to protect the family's land, but when its son dies fighting against another tribe, the tree grows its poisonous fruits to harm others so that they will not attack its family anymore.
According to some critics, there are multiple themes discussed in "The Tree of Anger". One is that anger can destroy you if not dealt with properly. It can lead people to do terrible things and cause them to lose their lives.
This poem's title foreshadows its major meaning. "A Poison Tree" is the title of the poem, and towards the conclusion, a "foe" sleeps "outstretched under a tree" (16) after eating the (potentially poisoned) apple that grows on it. The poison tree can be interpreted as a metaphor for what occurs when you are angry for an extended period of time. Is the enemy really a foe or is he/she just someone who has angered you?
The poem also alludes to Adam and Eve in the beginning of time. In the story, they were told not to eat from any fruit off of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, they disobeyed and ate from this particular tree. Thus, they became mortal beings and had to fight against another form of life every day. This idea is reflected in the last line of the poem where the "Foe" lies "down between two lives that bear no love." Love is an important part of humanity; without it we would lose interest in living.
Finally, the title of the piece comes from a King Henry VIII quote which means "A poisonous plant may produce delicious fruit". This implies that even though the enemy may seem like they are a "foe", in reality, they are just someone who has caused you pain. This idea is reinforced by the fact that at the end of the poem, the "foe" dies despite getting revenge on Hamlet.