Working Class Hero

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Many people are considered to be middle class in the society we live in. John Lennon believed people should have a chance to do whatever they wanted to do in life. In his song “Working Class Hero,” he shows how people are small and worthless compared to the people at the top. In order to get to the top, you have to give up everything you believe in including morals and ethics. I believe that Lennon is attempting to get people to open their eyes and see that there is more to life than a 9-5 job in a cubicle.John Lennon is able to convince his audience of what he is trying to say by forcefully getting them to realize the truth around them. Although the majority of the song is pathos, Lennon does use ethos to try and convince the audience. In the song, Lennon uses lyrics that directly relate to what was going on in the world at that time. When he explains how “they hate if you’re clever and despise a fool.” This shows how during this time they expected everyone to both act and think the same, and if you didn’t, you would be punished for it to the fullest extent because you were thinking out of the box. Also, the use of logos was shown throughout the song. Lennon specifically states his position about which side of society he is on. He believes that there should be no sides to society but one completely even society with no biases. He uses irony when saying a “working class hero is something to be” throughout the song because once you get to the end you realize that it is actually the opposite of what a person should be. This greatly shows his position on how society should be and the people in that society. He explains to the working class how “they hurt you at home and they hit you at school, they hate you if you’re clever and despise as a fool.” Lennon is trying to tell these lower class people that the chain needs to stop and at a young age. He explains how they will be “tortured and scared” for 20 years and the hierarchy “expects you to pick a career.” Lennon...
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