Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical Analysis:

This is my draft…

In life we have challenges, sometimes we know how to approach it. When we don’t know or understand it, we back away and move to something else. The song I chose to analyze is “King and Lionheart” by Of Monsters and Men, it’s a song that describes how the fear and strength come out when someone is separated from someone that they really care about. In this song they deliver a strong message, they told the attacking horde that they are here to stay and won’t back away. It’s also about how the King and Lionheart get separated and are trying to reunite.

The main idea of this song is that when something bad is happening, they need to stay strong and fight through their struggle. The people in this song are fighting to find each other and at the same time they are fighting of an invading horde. They say even though they are separated that they are the same and won’t be affected by this incident, so when they are reunited everything will still be the same as it was before. They can go back to ruling their utopian empire and have everything back to the way it was.   “And as the world comes to an end I’ll be here to hold your hand ‘Cause you’re my king and I’m your lion-heart.” This verse shows how the Lionheart shows strength to find her King and be reunited with him. The King and Lionheart can represent anything from a King and queen to a brother and sister. Either way they are set to find each other and make things right in the end.

This song is very moving when they use the verse, “That we won’t run, and we won’t run, and we won’t run.” And then they use, “We’re here to stay, we’re here to stay, we’re here to stay.” It sends out a message to the reader and listener that they can depend on them to stay and fight and be reunited in time. The message really shows that if you’re looking for someone that you will find them in time. Be patient and you will find them. When you’re looking for something you will have the courage to find it and bring it back with you.

Every line has its own ideas, and then at the bottom the ideas from the lyrics above are repeated to an extent. They start off saying how the invading horde is waiting off the shore to attack. When the horde attacks it then goes on to say how everyone looks scared and they believe that there’s no going back. The two of them, King and Lionheart, become separated. The love they have for each other will help them become closer and closer to finding each other because of their urge to be back together.

All together this song is telling us to never stop fighting and gain more strength than we had to help us achieve our ultimate goal of being reunited with the other person we love and care about. It’s all the song is saying is when we fall on hard times to not be brought down with it and try to make everything better one by one. The writers want you to feel the sadness and sorrow for what happened, they also want you to feel the strength they gain to find the courage to find the other person in their life they love most.

 

   “ Taking over this town, they should worry,
But these problem aside I think I taught you well.
That we won’t run, and we won’t run, and we won’t run.

And in the winter night sky ships are sailing,
Looking down on these bright blue city lights.
And they won’t wait, and they won’t wait, and they won’t wait.
We’re here to stay, we’re here to stay, we’re here to stay.

Howling ghost they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
A lion-heart.

His crown lid up the way as we moved slowly
Pass the wondering eyes of the ones that were left behind.
Though far away, though far away, though far away
We’re still the same, we’re still the same, we’re still the same.

Howling ghost they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
And in the sea that’s painted black,
Creatures lurk below the deck
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
And as the world comes to an end
I’ll be here to hold your hand
‘Cause you’re my king and I’m your lion-heart.
A lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart
A lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart

Howling ghost they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
And in the sea that’s painted black,
Creatures lurk below the deck
But you’re a king and I’m a lion-heart.
A lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart, a lion-heart”

Propaganda

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Will Rolfsen

3/25/13

Comp. 1

Propaganda

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” (JFK). This is an example of how easy it is to use propaganda in the world today. If something were done that wasn’t truthful or not right, if it happens more than once and the people get used to it they will begin to believe it. The propaganda used in the world isn’t always bad, but you can lie to make the people lean towards one thing instead of the other.

The Bandwagon is one of the most seen forms of propaganda today, if not the one that fits almost everyone. It is when something becomes popular and the other people decide to be into the same thing because it’s popular and everyone else is doing it. For example, Apple Products are part of the bandwagon. IPods, IPhones, IPads, these are all things that a lot of people have because they saw everyone else had them and felt it was cool and wanted one. One more example is IU basketball, once they started doing good people who didn’t even like them before jumped on the wagon to support them just because they’re good. These examples show how a bandwagons works, especially IU basketball. People start loving them just because they’re the best team. Bandwagon is a very widely known form of propaganda and always will be.

Plain Folks is also a popular version of propaganda, people can relate to this because it uses things that apply to people’s everyday life and they are pleased by it. A product is used in a commercial that appeals to the everyday person and they are able to relate to it and it will make them go towards buying this particular product versus the other. Examples of the form are house ware products, clothing, and restaurants. Those are all forms of Plain Folks because its applies to the everyday person. This shows how the propaganda type is illustrated because it has a form of attraction from the regular person. Plain Folks is a great way to connect with the majority of the people in an area, do something that they will like and they can relate to.

Testimonial is a form of propaganda in which a celebrity is seen in the commercial, people can relate to this because of the fact that a celebrity is endorsing the product. It is seen that a celebrity will be holding or using the product in a commercial and it will make it seem legitimate since a famous person approves of it. Some examples are, Larry the Cable Guy endorsing Prilosec OTC, Sofia Vergara of Modern Family in the Diet Pepsi commercials. It is shown that since these products are used by celebrities, that they must be good and work well. These are how testimonials occur, a celebrity is paid to endorse it and make it look good so others will buy it.

Propaganda is a huge part of society, it is often used for purposes of gaining support and having people use a certain product. It can be referred to as the form of government brainwashing sometimes, politicians trying to sway your vote. People are so easily moved by propaganda that they often are seen swearing by one product, person etc. It has always been a major part in history and will continue to be an important way to persuade someone to do something.