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Explication Of "Jumper" By Third Eye Blind

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Everyone needs a friend to help them out of the dark times. The song “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind begins with a person talking to his friend, telling them that they need to get help (for something), then proceeding to tell a story about a boy who didn’t have anyone to go to when he was struggling. The person telling the story and talking to his friend says throughout the song “if you do not want to see me again, I would understand” (5,6), in other words saying that “if you don’t want to follow my advice, or if you don’t want to listen, that’s ok”. While the lyrics at first seem to depict a sad story about death, the song “Jumper” incorporates literary and sound devices that show that this ...view middle of the document...

The “flash of light on a burial shroud” is akin to “the calm before a storm”; the line is comparing the two people, the dead boy and the person who is struggling, saying that the person still has a chance to start over before the storm begins.
An example of imagery can be found in the line “icing over a secret pain” (8). This is because words like “ice” are associated with cold and often have a negative connotation. This emphasizes the hopelessness or graveness of the boy’s situation. Furthermore, this correlates with the next line “You know you don't belong” (9) because oftentimes words like “icy” or “cold” are used to describe people who are bitter or lonely. This works to conjure an image of a boy who is lonely or bitter, but sad. This effectively contrasts with the hopeful tone of the rest of the song, and emphasizes the warning within the story while also highlighting the positive message that the conversation conveys; “it isn’t too late to start over”.
Additionally, the sound devices within the song lyrics of “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind add to the effect of emphasizing certain aspects, main ideas/point, as well as the theme of the song. The rhyme scheme, not including the chorus lines (1-5, 15-20 and 31-38) is in an aa-bc-dd-efg-hh-ij-kk-lm-nn rhyme scheme. By rhyming these words, the writer of the song, accentuates the vowel sounds of the words which makes them easier to hear. Because they are easier to hear, their meaning and value to the song is emphasized. For example, lines 29 and 30 are rhymed with the words ‘today’ and ‘away’. The lines themselves are persuading the receiver of the song to put their past behind them and continue to live their life, so by rhyming the last word of those two lines, those two words are annunciated more than less...

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