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Rhetorical Devices In Bohemian Rhapsody
Andrew Godinez
Mr. Jason Higgins
ENGL 1113-054
27 October 2014
“Bohemian Rhapsody” In exactly 4 days, 29 years ago, the greatest song of all time was reveled. The king of rock, Queen, let their new single hit the stores. It was titled Bohemian Rhapsody, and it soon reigned supreme. It was the biggest song for about nine weeks, and became England’s third best selling song to this day. Freddie Mercury is the lead singer of Queen and wrote most of their greatest hits including Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 which brought more popularity to the band. Whenever someone mentions Queen, the song Bohemian Rhapsody will always come to mind. Bohemian Rhapsody is a story of a child’s guilt about killing another man, and how he can move
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The song starts out with a strang questioning of reality: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality, Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see”. They first two lines are rhetorical questions. They help establish the state of mind needed in order to continue with the song. The third line is a metaphor. It means everything is crashing down on him, and he cannot escape it. It seems to conclude that he is caught between a dream and awakening. The next couple set of lines are being used as transitions into the main part of stanza one, “I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy, Because I’m easy come, easy go, Little high, little low, Any way the wind blows, Doesn’t really matter to me, to me”. In the third and fourth line repetition is used in order to keep the lyrics flowing. The boy thinks his life doesn’t matter to anyone, his life is meaningless and the Earth does not care what happens to him. He does not care what happens next, he just wants it over; “any way the wind blows” him, he will go and it “doesn’t really matter” to him anymore. The next three lines show intent to kill by the boy, “Mama, just killed a man, Put a gun against his head, Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead”. The boy has finally come to terms of what he has

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