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Demons by Imagine Dragons

Song Analysis- Grade 9 English

sobia qureshi

on 2 October 2014

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Transcript of Demons by Imagine Dragons

Demons is a song that shows the internal struggle between the protagonist and his fears. When his dreams fall apart and the darkness takes over. He worries that he will hurt loved ones around him.
Plot Line
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Song Analysis
inciting Incident
rising action
We all have our "demons," whether that be depression, anxiety, gambling, drug abuse, jealousy, illness and other. Your demons signify things that bring you down physically, mentally, and/or emotionally.
Inciting Incident
"I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide"
"When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold

When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale"
Rising Action #1
"At the curtain’s call
It's the last of all
When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl"
Rising Action #2
The conflict between the narrator and the demons inside of him is when he says in the song, “dug your grave….at the mess you’ve made” the narrator is blaming the things gone wrong on the protagonist. “And the masquerade will come calling out,” masquerade meaning false show or pretense, the people around the protagonist will have to put on a show to show others that everything is fine.

"They say it's what you make
I say it's up to fate
It's woven in my soul
I need to let you go"
The atmosphere of this song is sad, frightening and depressing. "When your dreams all fail," sounds sad because its sad when someones dreams fail. "When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl," it's kind of frightening thinking about bad things coming out in the dark. "Don't get to close It's dark inside," when you think how lonely he is because he thinks there is darkness inside of its kind of depressing
The message is about life. The singer states through the song that when your life/dreams are failing there is always someone that can help you through it. The theme is that the narrator is afraid to get to close to someone because he might hurt them.
There is not one specific protagonist stated in the story by name. The protagonist has to fight a battle of the demons that he claims are lurking inside of him. He is afraid that he might hurt others with the darkness that is woven into his soul. He believes he is hell bound, but thinks that it's up to fate. He is troubled by the demons that are haunting him.
Character Vs. Self
The conflict isn't fully resolved but, the narrator is saying that the loved one around him can help get rid of the darkness that is eating away at him. By letting people close he has gotten over the fears of hurting those around him. He has solved some things and is working towards better.
"Don't get to close
It's dark inside
Look into my eyes it's where my demons hide"
"Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I cant escape this now
Unless you show me how"
During the intro of the song the narrator states that the days are cold and the world we see is false. When his dreams all fail the people are the worst. What I mean is people wont help unless it benefits them. While he's fighting with the demons he tries to push his loved ones away so they don't get hurt. The intro easily sets the conflict of the rest of the song.
"When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide"
All that you keep them away the closer they will want to get to help. So why push in the first place.
The character is fighting an internal conflict with the demons inside of him. He doesn't want anybody close because he has the fear that he might hurt them.the conflict is not solved but somewhat confronted. Protagonist believes that the darkness is woven into his soul. When he sees the light in his loved ones eyes he wants them to show him how to fight that darkness.
The days are cold and the world has created a false image
Failed his dreams and let the darkness take over.
He became lost in the darkness the was lurking inside of him.
He that the demons control him
The lights fade out and the sinners crawl.
Has created a mess and left others to clean up and put on a show of being okay for people
He became so afraid of the demons that he let everyone and everything go
He fights because he sees the light in others eyes.
He wants them to show him the way out of the darkness
At the end of the day the act is over. Everybody goes back to acting like them selves, whether that's good or bad. when the lights fade out in the act the sinners crawls.
He was saying that it 's only like cause you want it to be. But, he thinks it up to fate. it woven into his soul and cannot get rid of the darkness. He needs to let it go.
He says that if you look into his eyes that you will see the demons that hide inside. he wants to shelter everybody that he loves but with the demons inside, there is no where to hide.
Rising Action 2
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