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Analysis of Fireflies

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Fireflies by Thomas Lai An analysis Owl City The song Fireflies is about a young man having trouble sleeping. Although the chorus even hints at unwillingness to sleep, as he questions whether he'd rather stay awake when asleep. "...Hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep 'cause everything is never as it seems (when I fall asleep.)" To distraction himself from his predicament, he has a metaphorical party with fireflies, as he mentions them teaching him to dance... ...and cites two dances, the classy Foxtrot and casual Sock Hop, in paragraph three. ' "...A foxtrot above my head, a sock hop beneath my bed, the disco ball is just hanging by a thread." " 'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs, from ten thousand lightning bugs, as they tried to teach me how to dance." However, all good things must come
to an end. In paragraph four, the singer expresses sorr w at the firefly's departure. "To ten million fireflies, I'm weird 'cause I hate goodbyes, I got misty eyes as they said farewell..." In the first part of the chorus, the singer references planet earth and expresses a desire that the earth turned slowly. "I'd like to make myself believe, that planet earth turns slowly..." "I'd like to make myself believe, that planet earth turns slowly..." There are five identifiable poetic, and
figurative devices used in Fireflies. - Rhyme: "Leave my door open just a , 'cause I feel like such an ." - Anaphora: "...'cause I saved a few (fireflies) and I keep them in a jar ( )" - Personification: " 'Cause I'd get a , from ten thousand lightning
bugs, as they tried to teach me how to ." - Hyperbole: "... fireflies..." - Allusion: "I'd like to make myself believe, that turns slowly..." planet earth ten million thousand hugs dance jar, jar, jar... crack insomniac Speaker, setting, and tone. There is a possible shift in setting when he "parties" with the fireflies, (I mean would he really let ten million bugs in
his room?) At the beginning of the song, the singer has a joyous and wonder filled tone, as he describes our potential amazement at seeing seemingly millions of fireflies. However, when the party of fireflies leaves, the tone became dejected, as the singer got "misty eyed" at their departure. The time is evening, probably late evening since the singer hasn't been able to sleep. The speaker is an insomniac-stricken young man. -This is an example of a rhyme because and both end in the same sound, "crack" "insomniac" "ack." -This is an example of an Anaphora because the word is repeated at the end of the paragraph. "jar" -This is an example of personification because in real life, fireflies don't give hugs or dance lessons. -This is an example of a hyperbole because realistically, there wouldn't be fireflies in a given area. ten million -This is an example of allusion because it references the planet we live on and a very well known place. planet earth, The artist, Adam Young, started his career making music when he had trouble sleeping. As a result, insomnia is a minor theme in many of his songs, including this one. However, it's not the main theme. The main theme in this song is that you can't run away from your troubles. In this case, the trouble for the singer is that his dreams are unbearable. The fireflies symbolize the solace he found in being distracted from his problem, in this case, they kept him awake, thereby preventing him from dreaming. Sadly, no one can simply run away from their problems, as shown when the fireflies left and the singer had to once again face his. However, the singer doesn't lose hope. In paragraph five, he "saves a few (fireflies) and keeps them in a jar" Since fireflies previously represented happiness, the singer was saving some of the happiness he experienced while amongst them to keep heart. Essentially he was maintaining hope. Which is the other theme here; no matter the situation, never lose hope. Since earth may represent the singers world, wishing that it turned slowly may be interpreted as wishing his world wasn't so fast-paced. As it may be what's causing his awry dreams, since daily life has a major impact on our dream realm. The End The setting is in the singers room, since that's where he has been trying to sleep. There is a shift in tone, from joy and wonder, (paragraphs one to three) to sorrow. (paragraph four)
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