The year is 1971. The Vietnam War is still ongoing, as well as the Cold War between the United States and the USSR. In South Asia, a war raged which ended with the creation of the sovereign nation of Bangladesh. Various racial issues in the United States were present. Hot pants and bell-bottomed trousers were the latest fashion trend. Among all of the conflicts and violence (and hideous clothing), one man emerges. John Lennon, former guitarist for the legendary music group, The Beatles, comes out with a song. His song “Imagine” becomes one of the most famous tunes in all of history, both past and present. “Imagine” is the spark that starts a revolution among anti-war movements. Lennon presents a world, free from violence, pain and hatred. While John Lennon’s song “Imagine” has influenced the entire world through its artistry and ethics, it fails to deliver on securing its goals of universal freedom from various aspects of humankind.
One characteristic of Lennon’s song that must be analyzed is the characters. Because it is in the form of a song, the speaker is John Lennon. He speaks his goals of world peace and freedom through his music. The audience, therefore, would be the listener. The more direct audience that Lennon is speaking to is the people who want world peace and can imagine a world free from strife.
Another aspect of Lennon’s “speech” is place. 1971 was a rough year, especially since most of the world was involved in wars. Lennon, however, chooses to talk about a world without the things that cause struggles among people, including religion, politics and countries. Even in some of the lyrics, Lennon tells people to “Imagine there’s no heaven…No hell below us/Above us only sky”. These concepts, such as heaven and hell, provide an ideal setting for the world. THIS PARAGRAPH NEEDS HELP!
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As for the argumentation behind John Lennon’s beloved melody, there are not many facts to support his claims....
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