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Literary Devices Used in Wings by Macklemore

This is an analysis of the many literary devices used by Macklemore, the song writers, and the video producers to make it more appealing to the audience.
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Zachary White

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Literary Devices Used in Wings by Macklemore

Literary Devices
What is this song about?
How people judge you on how expensive your things are, and how that people only want them because they see celebrities wearing them and that's what the cool people in school start wearing, but they are just normal things and he was tricked into thinking that the things you have make up who you are.
Double Entendre
"Stick out the tongue so everyone can see that logo" can mean literally sticking out the tongue of his shoe so people can see the logo, but can also mean sticking his tongue out at people to draw attention to himself.
Hyperbole
"And I was like, momma, this air bubble right here, it's gonna make me fly" This show how a child can exaggerate. Just because he had name brand shoes he thought that he was going to be able to jump really high.
Colloquialism
Slang words like "dope" and "tight" make the audience feel as if Macklemore is just a normal guy, like everyone, he has also been through struggles.
Allusion
The reference to Phil Knight in "But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all" is an example of an allusion because Phil Knight, the co-founder and chairman of Nike, is well known.
Personification
"I listened to what that swoosh said look at what that swoosh did see it consumed my thoughts" This is an example of how name brand of the shoes "controlled" the boy making the swoosh seem as if it was real.
Macklemore x Ryan Lewis "WINGS"
Connotation
Chorus ( Metaphor/Sense of Pathos)
He says "Those were not tight" He doesn't mean literally tight, he means cool but it adds interest to the song.

Certain "things" are given a false value by the price tag and fame to make people believe they are more than "things" : they enable people to fly, to reach their dreams.

"Stitch the wings and pull the strings” reveals how disillusioned with the shoes people become, as they buy into this image and let the shoe company “pull the strings” like puppeteers selling people this dream.

Having the children's choir sing the chorus plays on the audience's emotions by making you feel the false hope the shoes made the child feel.
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