Chung 1 Ms. Spilberg
March 5, 2013
Song Comparison Essay
The road of life can be a bumpy one. There will always be twists and turns that can alter a person’s life, changing the course of their destination. Even though life can be tough, you have to draw upon your inner strength in order to persevere. The songs, “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Greenday sing about this message. The lyrics in their songs have many literary devices such as personification, repetition, symbolism and juxtaposition. The personification will help you visualize an image of what is going on. The repetition helps you understand the message of these songs because they are emphasizing an important section. The symbolism helps you understand the message because it provides you with an image and you can relate it to something. With all of these literary devices, the audience can relate to the main message and have a deeper understanding of the theme.
When a person has an important decision to make in life, times may seem very hard and things may seem like they are against you. In these two songs, the bands use personification to help the audience visualize an image so they can have an easier time understanding what is going on. In the song, Time of Your Life, the singer says, “Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.” He is personifying “time” and is talking about how it will take over your life and tell you what to do. Time is ticking and you have to make the right choices at the right time. In the other song, Move Along, the singer says, “Such a heart that will lead you to deceiving.” The singer is personifying “heart” and it says that it will trick yourself. Your heart is like your Chung 2
conscience and he is saying that your conscience could make you make the wrong...
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