Analyzing Green Day's American Idiot Trhough the Perspective of Genetic Structuralism

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Genetic Structuralism 1. Introduction Genetic Structuralism was firstly introduced by Taine. His view then was developed through sociology literary study. According to him, literary products are not merely about imaginative and personal facts, but also a reflection or cultural record, a manifestation of certain mind when the product is created. Lucien Goldman was the only person who also developed Genetic Structuralism. Goldman sees that humanity facts are meaningful structure. All human activities are as responses to collective or individual subject in a certain situation. Genetic Structuralism emerged as the reaction to the pure Structuralism which neglected the history and other literary backgrounds. 2. Principle, Object, & View The genetic structuralism research sees literary products from two sides: intrinsic elements and extrinsic elements. It is begun with the analysis of intrinsic elements (unity and coherence), and then the researcher will relate the elements with the reality of its society. Literary product is seen as the reflection of an age, which can reveal the social, economy, politic, culture, and other aspects. According to Goldman, literary product as meaningful structure will represent the world view (vision du monde) of the creator, not individually but as the member of his society. It means that, genetic structuralism is a research which relates the structure of the literary product with the structure of society through the world view, or any ideology it expresses. The world view, which for Goldman is always portrayed in the “great work”, is an abstraction. And it will reach its concrete shape in literary works. Shortly, the research in genetic structuralism can be formulated into three steps. First, it is begun with the intrinsic element analysis, both partially and totally in connecting the relation. Second is, analyzing the social life of the creator, because he is part of a certain community. And the third, analyzing the social and historical background which condition a literary product when it is being created.

Genetic Structuralism in “American Idiot” (A Song Lyric)

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“American Idiot” of Green Day “American Idiot” is one of Green Day’s songs in the 2004 album with the same title, American Idiot. The song received the positive response worldwide with a more than 14 million copies sold, and the band gained some awards including Grammy for the Best Rock Album. Green Day is a punk-rock band which was established in 1987 in the United States. It consists of three persons: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool. The songs they sing are majorly written by themselves, especially the lead vocal, Armstrong.

"American Idiot" Don't want to be an American idiot Don't want a nation under the new media And can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind fuck America

Welcome to a new kind of tension All across the alien nation Where everything isn't meant to be okay Television dreams of tomorrow We're not the ones who're meant to follow For that's enough to argue

Well maybe I'm the faggot America I'm not a part of a redneck agenda Now everybody do the propaganda And sing along to the age of paranoia

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Welcome to a new kind of tension All across the alien nation Where everything isn't meant to be okay Television dreams of tomorrow We're not the ones who're meant to follow For that's enough to argue

Don't want to be an American idiot One nation controlled by the media Information age of hysteria It's calling out to idiot America

Welcome to a new kind of tension All across the alien nation Where everything isn't meant to be okay Television dreams of tomorrow We're not the ones who're meant to follow For that's enough to argue

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iii. Genetic Structuralism’s Perspective in “American Idiot” a. Intrinsic Elements • Theme...
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