I am fascinated by the contradiction inherent to the Siren. Though she possesses both physical and vocal beauty–gifts that would normally bring her great worldly satisfaction–she is unable to enjoy the fruits of such gifts (love, affection, adoration, etc…). Though she is designed to seduce men, she can never have them–only their corpses. She is the true victim in this myth. Instead of understanding the Siren as a “monster” that relishes her victories over mankind (the popular perception), I understand her as a slave to her curse, forever unable to experience the joys of life.