"Turning Tables" - Adele Analysis

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Title: Turning Tables
Author: Adele
Text Type: Lyric
Date: 23/3/13

‘Turning Tables’, by Adele, is about the singer struggling to get out of a relationship with a man who always seems to be changing things and making life difficult in the relationship.

The lyrics describe her relationship as chaotic and filled with fights and anger. This is shown by words like fighting and war. War is a word used to describe the big fights and meaningful problems in her partnership. “God only knows what we’re fighting for” shows that even she, the speaker, doesn’t know what she’s fighting about anymore.

The second paragraph describes how the man is always making things difficult and changing his mind about things and then the speaker tells the reader how controlling and constricting he is towards her; this is conveyed by the line “I can’t keep up with your turning tables, under your thumb I can’t breathe”.

The third paragraph makes me feel sad as it describes the constricting feeling of a relationship where the man treats you with no respect, this song would mean more to a girl but I still find the lyrics meaningful. The first line “I won’t let you close enough to hurt me” best describes this feeling as it tells the reader that she doesn’t want to be with him again as he’ll just hurt her all over again. The man thinks he is giving much more love into the relationship than she is and he feels that she should care more. She clearly says that she can’t give him this; the line “I can’t give you the heart you think you gave me” tells me that she doesn’t want this relationship to happen if he is going to be turning the tables on her all the time.

The fourth paragraph uses an extended metaphor about ghosts and haunting to describe the opinion the singer has for her partner. The speaker tells the audience that she wants to leave her partner but won’t be able to forget his ‘ghost’. This paragraph is about her trying to leave him and about the struggles she went through...
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