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Rhetorical Analysis of Imagine Dragons' "Demons"

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Rhetorical Analysis of Imagine Dragons' "Demons"
Subject
"I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There's nowhere we can hide"
Occasion/ Context
"They say it's what you make
I say it's up to fate"

Audience
"When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all"

Purpose

"Though this is all for you
Don't wanna hide the truth"

"Demons" by Imagine Dragons
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

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

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



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by Emma Schmidt
Curtain's call
Is the last of all
When the lights fade out\
All the sinners crawl

So they dug your grave
And the masquerade
Will come calling out]
At the mess you've made

Don't wanna let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don't wanna hide the truth

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come




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

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

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how

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
"Look into my eyes
It's where my demons hide"

The subject of the song are the "demons" that are hidden inside everyone. By saying "demons," the author is referring to the internal struggles people may hold onto, such as diseases or past experiences.
"I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There's nowhere we can hide"
"I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you"
"And the saints we see
Are all made of gold"
The purpose of the song is to inform people of the internal struggles and/or experiences that everyone keeps to themselves. People think that by hiding these feelings, they aren't hurting their loved ones, but the only way they can overcome their own demons is with the help of others. Sometimes society doesn't realize that the people we admire that most struggle against demons as well.
Speaker
"I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you"
"I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how"
The speaker establishes credibility by using first person. By admitting to needing someone to help him with his problems, the speaker seems more honest and sincere. Plus, stating that he wants to "shelter you" makes the author appear reliable.
Tone
Organization
Narrative Style
Evidence
Works Cited
"When your dreams all fail And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood's run stale"
"When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold"

"No matter what we breed
We are still made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come"
"I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how"
"It's woven in my soul
I need to let you go"
"When the lights fade out all the sinners crawl"
"I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how"
"Imagine Dragons – Demons." SongMeanings. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
<http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107859429861/>.
The primary audience of the song are people who try to hide the grim reality of the world and their own internal struggles(or demons)from the ones they love. By concealing their troubles, they think they are protecting their loved ones from their own hurt or pain.
The song is written in first person. The author is generally speaking to the audience, but also addresses "you," which can be inferred as a loved one. By speaking in a more sad tone, the author gets the audience to relate to him. Also, the uses the term "demons" as figurative language to make his point.
The author mainly uses pathos in the song. By admitting to the demons inside of him, he relates to the audience who also face struggles. Plus, the author affirms that he needs someone else to help him face his troubles. This shows the readers his fragile side.
"Don't get too close
It's dark inside
It's where my demons hide"
The author uses both repetition and rhyming to persuade and appeal to the audience. In the chorus, as well as other verses , the end of the phrase is repeated. The song is somewhat written in the form of a letter to a loved one.
The tone of the piece is both sentimental and poignant. The author is obviously struggling against the demons he's keeping to himself.
The song was based off of Tyler Robinson, and his battle of cancer. Tyler was a fan of Imagine Dragons, and passed away from cancer at age 17. The song was written about coming to conclusion with reality and accepting the truth, regardless of how painful or disappointing it may be to yourself or anyone else.
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