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Imagine- John Lennon

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Thania Marquez

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Imagine- John Lennon

Imagine- John Lennon
By: Thania Marquez

The speaker, John Lennon, used his
credibility and influence as a former group member of the Beatles as a way to reach out his message to more people. He longed for a more peaceful world, and his song Imagine really shows that.
"Imagine all the people living life in peace"
"Imagine all the people sharing all the world"

The tone of the song is more of a laid back and thoughtful kind of mood. Most stanzas begin with the word "imagine" inspiring the listener to think about a more peaceful world.
The purpose of the song is to have people think about the problems we live with today and just imagine life without them. He doesn't force his beliefs into the listener or try to persuade them in any way. His lyrics are quite short but are saturated with meaning because almost anyone can relate to them. His use of subtle music adds to the effect of a simple yet thought-provoking meaning.
"Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try"
"Imagine there's no countries it isn't hard to do"
"You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one"
"Imagine all the people sharing all the world"
The song is intended for anyone to listen and reflect upon it. The song's concept is quite simple to understand. The audience is most likely in favor of world peace and that is what the song is trying to encourage. Lennon appeals to their values by making them feel nice by thinking of a better world. He doesn't limit himself or the song's purpose to just one ethnicity, age group, or any other kind of discrimination.
"Imagine all the people living for today"
"You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one"
John Lennon released Imagine in 1971, a time where war, violence and hatred was all around the world. He wrote this song as an encouragement to change people's ways. Although we still live in pretty similar conditions, his song has been a great inspiration to many.
"Nothing to kill or die for and no religion, too"
"No need for greed or hunger a brotherhood of man"
The subject of the song is to think and reflect about living in a nicer and more peaceful world. In the song, Lennon comes across as just a regular person wondering about the problems that everyone has all the time. Differences shouldn't lead to discrimination or violence.
"Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too"
"Imagine all the people sharing all the world"

A way ethos is used is in the song is by John Lennon's previous fame with the Beatles. Countless people admired and looked up to him. This made the song acquire a certain amount of credibility.
"You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one"
"I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one"

The song uses pathos because everyone has a certain amount of desire and crave for peace and happiness. He gives us a taste of it by having us imagine a world that is filled with just that.
"Imagine all the people living life in peace"
"No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man"

He shows an argument for his belief by using logic. Many wars and problems begin because of religion, cultures, or possessions. He points that out and makes us think about a world without those problems.
"Nothing to kill or die for and no religion, too"
"Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can no need for greed or hunger a brotherhood of man"

John Lennon. "Imagine." Rec. 1971. Imagine. David L. Wolper and Andrew Solt, n.d. CD.
""Imagine" Lyrics - John Lennon." OldieLyrics.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. <http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/john_lennon/imagine.html>.
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