Running Head: THE RHETORICAL ANALYSIS IN “NO WOMAN NO CRY”
The Rhetorical Analysis of “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley and the Wailers Karen Start
Dr. Felicia Dziadek
October 1, 2011
In this paper, the rhetorical analysis of the lyrics to “No Woman No Cry”, made famous by Bob Marley and the Wailers, has been analyzed to reveal the rhetoric mean. Historical events in the Jamaican government’s actions influenced the singer to protect, in a peaceful manner, the people and culture of his country, Jamaica. Repetition of phrases, sentence structure, tones and values of the song are used by the artist to help “move” the people then and still today.
The Rhetorical Analysis of “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley and the Wailers Try not start the opening sentence with a quote.“1979, Boston, MA, live at Amandla Festival-Harvard Stadium, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed the song ‘No Woman No Cry’ mid day because promoters feared a riot [would spark in the streets.]” (moga1985's Channel, 2006) One of the great songs ever written, “[n]umber 37 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Song of All Time” (Wailers, B. M., 2011.), made a huge impact on society when the famous musician Bob Marley helped to bring peace into his country. But what is it that attracts and persuades people to react after listening to words of a performer? The music,take out the the lyrics, tones, beat, or is it the rhetorical statement within the song? After completing the recent research of “No Woman No Cry”, the proposed purpose of this melody is said to preach the word for a better government, and is dedicated to Bob Marley’s mother, Ciddy, for the love and support she provided through the hard times in Trenchtown, Jamaica. The people of Jamaican took the rhetorical meaning of the song into action. Rebellions and riots were feared to hit the streets to fight for peace and love the natives deserved in Jamaica. Bob Marley’s face and name revolves around the drastic change of Jamaica. Taking the rhetorical meaning of this simple song is strong enough to be used as a weapon to protect rights; to have a better life. To help further understanding of Bob Marley’s words, the information collected has been constructed, analyzed, and developed into a thought of the rhetorical analysis, (and the reasoning for the words carefully chosen for the song “No Woman No Cry”) take this out. Bob Marley carefully chose his words for the song “No Woman No Cry” to show the desperate need for peace and to love to his nation by using repetitions, a variety of tones and beats, and peaceful rebellion. The rhetorical analysis of Bob’s songs helped to motivate the people into an understanding of the need for peace. In everyday life we experience rhetorical situations, such as advertisements or just simply trying to get someone to raise the thermostat without asking but initially presenting the issue. In most rhetorical situations, people continue to retain the music or rhythm without noticing the rhetoric in songs, poems, and articles. Such an example is the famous repetative song “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It is believed the song was intentionally written for Bob Marley’s mother, Ciddy, or for the sake of his country and religion. Reason for such rhetorical words was because of the independence of Jamaica. Marley was being “[e]xposed to the staunch realities of abject poverty, low pay, malnutrition and disease and a lack of political rights by the poor, houses which were anything from cardboard boxes to beaten out oil drums nailed together, roadblocks, migration, [and] food shortage.” (rasta man vibrations, 2011.) Life became hard for the Jamaicans therefore the song’s rhetorical message relates to the politics at the time being and influenced millions world-wide for peace. The phrase “[i]n the government yard in Trenchtown, Oba, ob-serving the hypocrites” (Ford, Vincent, 1976) refers to the lack of help and support for the people...
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