Analysis Of A Modern American Song

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In today’s society, there are many songs that employ the use of literary elements for purpose to attract an audience for any reason. There are, however, few songs that are filled with literary devices, and imagery due to the fact that the meaning cannot be expressed without them. One song that portrays these qualities exactly is “Car Radio” by Twenty One Pilots. Some ideas that are expressed are so deep, and rooted in only a certain, some might say unlucky, group of people that have experienced the world of addiction, that there would be no meaning to the song for the average everyday person. The use of metaphor, allusion, and stream of consciousness are used in “Car Radio”, not for the ...view middle of the document...

The literary elements also aides in the overall shallow interpretation of this song. While Tyler sings of how a car radio was stolen, after looking deeper; it is not a radio that has been stolen, rather his sanity and self control has been stolen by the addiction to drugs. Allusion is used throughout the whole song due to the double meaning of his radio being stolen, to his own sanity.Tyler screams “I have these thoughts So often I ought to replace that slot with what I once bought, ‘cause somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence.” The car radio is signifying the happy thoughts, and normality in his life, but when the radio is stolen, and the drugs are all used up; Tyler is forced to reflect on his life, and look at how the drugs are affecting him, and his faith. The verse, “I hate this car that I'm driving, there's no hiding for me I'm forced to deal with what I feel, there is no distraction to mask what is real, I could pull the steering wheel” is full with allusions. “I hate this car that I'm driving” is a reference to his own life, and how he hates the life that he is living. “Im forced to deal with what I feel, there is no...

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