Can you fully understand the true meaning of a song by simply just watching the video with no sound behind it? Is the experience the same if you read the lyrics or listen to a song, rather than watching the music video? Most would agree that alone the lyrics and video of a song can only aid so much understanding. One without the other leaves the audience missing key components of the songs message. It is the combination of both the textual and visual elements that allows us to get that “deeper meaning” of a song. In Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb” she uses an encouraging tone and figurative language to emphasis the importance of the obstacles you overcome and never giving up on your dreams; the setting and events that occur in the music video reinforce this same theme. Let’s analyze these elements to gain that deeper meaning of Miley Cyrus’ song The Climb. “The Climb” features an encouraging tone to emphasize the importance of the obstacles you overcome and never giving up on your dream. The narrator sets this tone when she says “I can almost see it, that dream I'm dreaming”(Cyrus) at the very beginning of the song. This sets the stage for her encouraging tone which is heard all throughout this song. The song continues with this tone when the narrator says “The struggles I'm facing, the chances I'm taking. Sometimes they knock me down but, No I'm not breaking”(Cyrus). These lines evoke an encouraging tone because she isn’t letting her struggles or the chances she takes break her down. It’s important that when faced with problems to never give up, even when things might get disappointing at times but to be strong and move past it. Taking chances is an important part of life; if you always take the safe road because you are afraid to fail you will never live up to your true potential. This tone is set early and is a significant tool used to encourage the audience.
In addition to an encouraging tone, Cyrus uses figurative language to support the