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American Idiot

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Madison Laural

on 14 April 2014

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Transcript of American Idiot

Green Day is a rock band from Rodeo, California. Childhood friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt formed the band Sweet Children. In 1987, the band added drummer Al Sobrante and changed their name to Green Day. After Al Sobrante left Tre Cool join the band as Green Days drummer. Green Day has released 11 studio albums.
Background
The song "American Idiot" coming out in 2004 is a protest song because it tells Americans to break the trend of doing what they are told by the government and begin the age of paranoia. Showing this in the lyrics, “Don’t want a nation that doesn’t know media; And can you hear the sound of hysteria?; The subliminal mind f— America” and "Sing along in the age of paranoia”
Social Context
Day, Green. Metro Lyrics.
Web. 14 Apr 2014.
<http://www.metrolyrics.com/american-idiot-lyrics-green-day.html>.
geekstinkbreath.
Web. 14 Apr 2014.
<http://www.geekstinkbreath.net/greenday/song-meanings/american-idiot/>.

"Green Day Biography." Green Day. N.p.. Web. 14 Apr 2014. <http://greendayweb.yaia.com/biography.html>.
Work Cited
Sing Song
American Idiot
by: Green Day

The main poetic devices in American Idiot are metaphor, hyperbole, and rhetorical question. The rhetorical question helps enhance the songs purpose by saying something that we already know isn't real. The metaphor helps enhance the song by saying how America is obsessed with everyday things but, he doesn't want to be obsessed like everyone else. Hyperbole helps enhance the songs purpose by exaggerating that the nation is controled by new technology.
Analysis
Purpose
Green Day
The song being a Rhetorical protest song it shows the opinions of Green Day to what is happening to Americans at the time in 2006. American Idiot is being used to persuade Americans to break the trend of doing what the media and the government tells them to.
Madison Potts and Zach Gauldin
Don't wanna be an American idiot
Don't want a nation under the new media
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind f----America

Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay

Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue



For that's enough to argue
Well maybe I'm the f------ America
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda
Now everybody do the propaganda
And sing along to the age of paranoia


Rhetorical Question
Metaphor
Billie Joe Armstrong (middle)
Tre Cool (left)
Mike Dirnt (right)

Hyperbole

A

B

B

C
D

D

E
F

F

G

G
C
H
H
B
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