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Critical Analysis of "In the End"

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Transcript of Critical Analysis of "In the End"

Background Information Artist
Release Date
Genre
Length
Album Linkin Park
November 21, 2001
Rap rock, alternative rock
3:36
Hybrid Theory http://www.paulsawesomeworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/linkinpark-hybridtheory.jpg Critical Analysis The song "In the End" discusses two main themes:
Failures in everyday life
The value of time Images http://gmdesign.net.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/time.jpg http://themuslimvoice.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/praying-1b.jpg http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8452/8039877601_ca827c8c79.jpg Time The second image shows a man kneeling on one knee while the background displays an image of a sunset
This picture represents a giving up faith in a goal because of multiple failures
Failure is shown throughout the song in many instances Failure The third image is a picture of a dead end in a city alleyway.
A dead end in popular culture indicates a major problem standing in a person's way
In the song, the writer talk about the struggles he has faced
The sense of failure meaning is strengthened by the poorly maintained surroundings that make up the dead end Struggle http://www.muchmusic.com/artists/images/artists/linkinpark.jpg Critical Analysis (Cont) Critical Analysis (Cont) Many poetic devices are used in the song "In the End". These poetic devices include: rhymes, rhyming couplets, personification, apostrophes, echoes, paradoxes, and mood/tone. Poetic Devices http://act.mtv.com/files/2011/07/MUSIC-Linkin-Park-concert-2.jpg http://www.supermusic.sk/obrazky/130733_LinkinPark92ST.jpg In the song, rhymes are present in almost every line
“One thing I don’t know why. It doesn’t matter how hard you try. Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme. To explain in due time.”
Lines 1 and 2 rhyme with each other and lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other Rhyming couplets are also extremely common in the song
“One thing I don’t know why. It doesn’t matter how hard you try.”
These two lines n express the same idea of misuse of time Personification is used in several instances where time is mentioned
“Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings”
“Watch the time go right out the window”
Personification is used to add depth and meaning The song contains many echoes
“All I know time is a valuable thing. Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings. Watch it count down the end of the day. The clock ticks life away.”
This passage is repeated throughout the song The song refers to a person that is absent, also known as an apostrophe
“In spite of the way you were mocking me. Acting like I was part of your property. Remembering all the times you fought with me. I surprised it got so (far).” Poetic Devices (Cont) Poetic Devices (Cont) http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/images/story/linkin-park-emote-hard-on-last-show-of-tour-with-incubus-20120911/1000x600/20120911-linkin-park-02-x600-1347376404.jpg http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/MUSIC/thumbnail/280X390/quality/90/http://o.aolcdn.com/os/music/artist/wikipedia/linkinparkberlin2010.jpg Poetic Devices (Cont) Poetic Devices (Cont) http://www.whats-up.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Linkin-Park-feature.jpg http://images.triplem.com.au/2010/09/15/459173/linkin-park-music-news.jpg Poetic Devices (Cont) http://superadrianme.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/LinkinPark.jpg In the End Despite the relative short length of the song “In the End”, it contains several meanings and themes that relate to our everyday lives. The major themes about the importance of time and the failures in everyday life are both situations that listeners can relate to. Because of this extra level of depth, combined with an appealing beat, the song remains popular to this day. Conclusion http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/17700000/LP-PHOTOSHOOT-2010-linkin-park-17766494-1500-1035.jpg First theme is the importance of time
“All I know time is a valuable thing. Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings. Watch it count down the end of the day. The clock ticks life away.”
“I tried so hard. And got so far. But in the end, it doesn’t even matter.”
“What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of time” The second theme is about failure in one's life
"Wasted it all just to watch you go" and I had to fall. To lose it all."
“In spite of the way you were mocking me. Acting like I was part of your property. Remembering all the times you fought with me. I surprised it got so (far).” Image of clock
Clock is used to represent time
Time is a major theme in the song and many references towards time is used
The writer of the song explains how he has wasted his life (It starts with one)
One thing I don't know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time
All I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away
It’s so unreal
Didn’t look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Trying to hold on but didn’t even know
Wasted it all just to
Watch you go

I kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter

I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter

One thing, I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To remind myself how
I tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mocking me
Acting like I was part of your property
Remembering all the times you fought with me
I’m surprised it got so (far)
Things aren’t the way they were before
You wouldn’t even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me
In the end

You kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter Lyrics "In the End" (Youtube) Jimmy Zhou and Zihao Zhao Thank You The song contains a paradox
"I tried so hard. And got so far. But in the end. It doesn't even matter"
This is a paradox because although a lot has been achieved, none of it mattered. Poetic Devices (Cont) http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/w/weenie_roast_2007/wr07_linkin_park_02.jpg The song has a distinct tone or mood
"I tried so hard. And got so far. But in the end. It doesn't even matter"
The mood is generally very dark because the singer talks about the negative things in his life Poetic Devices (Cont) http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/16170933/JayZ+and+Linkin+Park+LP++JAYZ.jpg
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