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Hotel California

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Katie Curran

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of Hotel California

Figurative Language

Figurative language is a tool that an author uses, to help the reader visualize,or see, what is happening in a story or poem.
Hotel California by The Eagles
Allusion
In the song "Hotel California", the line "They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast" is a reference to Steely Dan. The bands shared the same manager (Irving Azoff) and had a friendly rivalry. The year before, Steely Dan included the line "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in his song "Everything You Did."
Imagery
Imagery involves one or more of your five senses- the abilities to hear, taste, touch, smell, and see. An author uses a word or phrase to stimulate your memory of those senses and to help create mental pictures.
Alliteration
Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant. There should be at least two repetitions in a row.
Personification
Personification is giving human qualities, feelings, actions, or characteristics to inanimate objects.
Metaphor
A metaphor states that one thing
is
something else. It is a comparison, but does NOT use like or as to make the comparison.
Tone
Hotel California
By The Eagles

Figurative Language
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An allusion is a reference a writer makes and expects the reader to recognize.
In the Eagles' "Hotel California" Don Henley sings,
"On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair,
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air"

This is an example of imagery because "On a dark desert highway" appeals to the sense of sight. The line "Cool wind in my hair" appeals to the sense of touch and the line "warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air" appeals to the sense of smell.

This is an alliteration because the words sweet, summer, and sweat all start with the initial consonant of s.
In the song "Hotel California" by the Eagles, it says "sweet summer sweat"
In "Hotel California" is says, "Welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place, such a lovely face."
This is an example of personification because he is referring to the hotel as having a face, or a human characteristic.
A line from "Hotel California" is: "Her mind is Tiffany-twisted"
This is a metaphor because he is saying that she likes expensive jewelry and is materialistic.
The tone is the speaker's attitude towards the subject.
The tone of Hotel California is sinister and desolate.
The tone can be seen through the writer's choice of words, such as in the lines: "we are all just prisoners here of our own device" and "you can check out any time you like but you can never leave"
Mood
Mood is the way a reader feels when reading a story.
The mood of "Hotel California" is self-destruction and dread.

This can be determined by the way he describes Hotel California. The song evokes a sense of self-doubt and the feeling of a need to improve so we do not have the same fate as the character in the song and do not become a "prisoner of our own device"

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