When love hurts
The aim of this essay is to present you with a close analysis and interpretation of the song ‘Love the way you lie' which was released in August 2010 as a single from the album of Marshall Bruce Mathers featuring Robyn Rihanna from the music album (Recovery). The song is considered to be one of these songs that speak to a great majority of people. It is its thematic core which seems to attract the attention of both women and men regardless of their age or social status.
This song talks about a love and hate relationship between a man and a woman. Therefore, it talks about the paradox of life's nature. There are no simple and single meanings. Each concept and idea exist in the form of dualism, and this is the exact piece of knowledge that the song takes for granted.
All the verses of the song highlight this constant and non-stop fight between love and hate and give the portrait of the two people, representatives of both sexes who experience these feelings.
The essay will shed light to the meaning of the song's verses, to the way it approaches this issue of violence existing between people who are bonded with this love and hate relationship and .
will portray these people's personalities and thoughts. The essay aims at analyzing the paradox existing in the meaning of the song and its title and at taking people a step forward to thinking on what relationships can be like and how any kinds of imprisonments in life, either sentimental or not, ought to be dealt with.
From the very beginning, this song prepares its listeners for its paradox. The title ‘Love the way you lie' reveals its internal contradiction. The singer admits to experiencing something that is not normal at all. The singer admits to loving the lie. So, the song begins with the first verses ‘Just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that's alright because I like the way it hurts / Just gonna stand there and hear me cry / But that's alright because I love the way you lie / love the way you lie / I love the way you lie'.
The woman talks and tells her man, the man of her dreams that she watches herself being burnt by all the violence she experiences in their relationship, but she still remains there, she is not going to leave him. She is going to stand there, and she is going to keep on crying but she is not going to abandon him. So, listeners realize from the very beginning that she is involved in a relationship where domestic violence is the relationship's big closed secret. So then the man as if he explodes, sings the following verses and stanza. Eminem sings his words as if he is ready to explode, in a feeling of despair, and anger at himself for his behavior.
‘I can't tell you what it really is / I can only tell you what it feels like / And right now there's a steel knife in my windpipe / I can't breathe, but I still fight while I can fight / As long as the wrong feels right / It's like I'm in flight / High off of love, drunk from her hate / It's...