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Literary Analysis: Story of My Life

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Story of My Life - One Direction
Context
Written in 2013, official music video released on the 25th of October, 2013
A lot of individuals experience heartbreak and have troubles moving on
Language
Language is fairly simple
Many literary devices that unveil the deeper meaning behind the lyrics
Not very allegorical, initial message is clear
Purpose
Demonstrates the hardship of breakups and moving on.
Displays obstacles found in relationships.
No matter how hard you try you won't always win.
Subject
Love
story gone
wrong
.
Literary

Analysis

Mood
The dominant mood would be melancholic.
Presentation
I wouldn't take the song too seriously if sung by someone 13 and under
The song wouldn't be as emotional at a faster tempo
Instrumental variations would have the same effect
"Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain"
"She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones"
"Seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone"
"The way that I been holding on too tight with nothing in between"
"Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change"
Simile/Metaphor
“But baby running after you is
like chasing the clouds

Repetition
“The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life”
Metaphor
Figure of Speech
"And time is frozen"
Personification/Metaphor
"I
leave my heart open
but it
stays

right here empty
for days"
"She told me in the morning she don't
feel the same about us in her bones
"
Metaphor
"She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her
bones
"
Impure Rhyme
"Burning bright"
Alliteration
“The fire beneath my feet is burning bright”
Metaphor
"The ground beneath my feet is open wide"
Metaphor
“I know that in the morning now I see us in the light upon a
hill

“Although I am broken, my heart is untamed,
still

Perfect Rhyme
“Although
I am broken
,
my heart is untamed
, still”
Metaphor, Personification
"The way that I been holding on too tight with nothing in between"
"The story of my life"
Metaphor
“I know that in the morning now
I see us in the light upon a hill

“Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage”
Personification/Metaphor
“Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain"
"I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days”

“Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change
"Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage”
Repetition
“Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change”
Metaphor
"I
spend her love
until
she's broke inside
"
"Written in these walls are the
stories that I can't explain"
Walls=Memories
Memories that can't be described with words.
His heart was open like a door...
Unfortunately, no one opened it.
The feeling of not wanting to be together was so strong...
She could feel it in her bones.
"Seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my
stone
"
Slight inaccuracy
in sound.
The ground has opened and
he can't stop
falling
.
Opens up more
possibilities
.
Metaphor
Holding on to what they had.
There was never any sustainable nor durable love between them.
He feels like his efforts were put to waste.
Expression
Literal meaning:

To recite your actual life story; from birth 'til now.
Figurative meaning:
When something occurs again and again.
Time stopped and things won't changed.
Metaphor
He want's all her love until there is none left.
Walls
=
Memories
Colors
=
Emotions
The feelings he had will never change.
He'll always love her.
Emphasizes the fact that they had great times together in line 1 and 3.

Compares the fact that he was open to love, but now he's scared to love again.
1
2

3
4
He tries to open his heart to new possibilities.
His heart is afraid to love again.
Bur like a bird, he will soon be set free.
He'll soon be able
to see the light,
see the
brighter

side of things.
Broken
=Hurt, Devastated
Untamed
=Young, Wild
Although he
misses his love
, he will
learn to love
again because
no heart can be tamed
.
The sounds are identical.
Rhymes make songs more catchy.
You must run or your feet will burn.
Fire
=Relationship
He should ditch his past and start over.
The
"buh"
sound is repeated.
Adds an element of fun and character to the song.
He'll never be able to catch
the clouds.
Metaphorically, the

"cloud"

is the girl.
Emphasizes
the
efforts
he puts towards a relationship then having it lead to
heartbreak
.
“I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days”
“Seems to me that when I die, these words will be written on my stone”
“Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still”
Mood, lyrically:
Mood, musically:
Verse and Pre-Chorus:
Gloomy and Depressing
Chorus:
Upbeat, Powerful and Loud
“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. But when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.
This song reminds me of Summer-Fall 2013
Similar Theme:
"Need You Now" Lady Antebellum
Constrasting Theme:
"We are never ever getting back together" Taylor Swift
SONG DIRECTED TOWARDS TEENS.
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