Rhetorical Analysis

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Sharmil Whyatt
March 6, 2012
English
Rhetorical Analysis of Song Lyrics
My song of choice is, Wale. “Bad”. Folarin. Maybach Music, 2012. Mixtape. This song since hitting the mixtape scene is being played all of the time and is being sung by people all over the world. A rhetorical analysis is when you break down a text and try to understand the deeper meaning that you think it might mean. This is helpful because it allows you to do two things, further understand the text and also make sure that you understand what you are learning about. I choose this song for a couple of reasons, one it was stuck in my head the day the assignment was announced, two I really do like the song and I think that people can relate to it, and finally a friend of mine said that this song defines me. I took this opportunity to get to better understand what Wale might be trying to say in this song. I think that this song as excellent example of logos, ethos, and pathos that many people can relate to. The word logos is used to appeal to the readers common sense, also their beliefs and values. I think that Wale is trying to say that if you believe in love then you should also be able to believe in fucking. The beginning hook of the song speaks for its self “Is it bad that I never made love, no I never did I, but I sure know how to fuck”( Tiara Thomas Hook). If you ask anyone they will tell you there is a complete difference between making love and fucking. When I asked my roommate about the two she defines making love and I quote “Something that is passionate and soft with nothing but love and care in each other’s eyes”. She defined fucking as “Two people who only care for each other in that moment, you only need them to please and then they can leave”. At the end of the day everybody is looking for love, he even says at the beginning of the song that “Monogamy or whatever you call it…ain't for everybody” (Wale Intro) but if you’re not making love...
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