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Pretty Hurts- Beyoncé

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on 5 November 2014

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Transcript of Pretty Hurts- Beyoncé

Introduction
This is the 21st century. You can: take pills to make you loose weight, inject substances into your skin to make you look younger and you can enhance your photos for social media to make you look more appealing. In today's society the biggest pressure for the worlds population is to be beautiful. (Inside and out)
Pretty Hurts- Beyoncé
Song
Diction
Imagery Analysis
Young girls all over the world are given a barbie doll by the time they can walk. What do these dolls look like? Tall, blonde, twig thin, big breasts, tanned skin, white teeth, long hair, blue eyes. Do you know anyone like this? Not likely. Little boys are given action figures. The dolls have huge muscles, perfect hair, their tall, perfect skin and of course they have super powers. No one is like this. So why do we aspire to look like this? In regards to the lyric above, Beyonce is trying to say that we don't need to change how we look on the outside, we need change how we see things on the inside. As humans, our souls need "surgery" or fixing to realize whats really important. I think that this line gives the audience a mental image of what beauty is potrayed to be in society. This line incorporates the theme of self-actualization and self-appreciation, which is evident throughout the song.
Conclusion
In conclusion to this analysis, I believe that this song is very influential to young people all over the world. There is a plethora of figurative language and literary devices found throughout the song. The theme of the piece was body image. To further explain, this song was about trying to make yourself look a certain way (model material) but ending up hurting yourself in the process, because that goal is not obtainable. I think that we can all learn an important lesson from this song Its not how skinny or thin you are, or how much makeup you put on your face, the true meaning of beauty is if
you
are happy with your natural self.
Lyrics


[Verse 1:]
Mama said, "You're a pretty girl.
What's in your head, it doesn't matter
Brush your hair, fix your teeth.
What you wear is all that matters."

[Pre-Hook:]
Just another stage, pageant the pain away
This time I'm gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

[Hook:]
Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever's worse
Perfection is a disease of a nation, pretty hurts, pretty hurts
Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever's worse
You're tryna fix something but you can't fix what you can't see
It's the soul that needs the surgery

(Uh huh huh)

[Verse 2:]
Blonder hair, flat chest
TV says, "Bigger is better."
South beach, sugar free
Vogue says, "Thinner is better."

[Pre-Hook:]
Just another stage, pageant the pain away
This time I'm gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

[Hook:]

[Bridge:]
Ain't got no doctor or pill that can take the pain away
The pain's inside and nobody frees you from your body
It's the soul, it's the soul that needs surgery
It's my soul that needs surgery
Plastic smiles and denial can only take you so far
And you break when the paper sign leaves you in the dark
You left a shattered mirror and the shards of a beautiful girl

[Hook:]

[Outro:]
When you're alone all by yourself (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
And you're lying in your bed (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Reflection stares right into you (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)

You stripped away the masquerade (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
The illusion has been shed (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)
Are you happy with yourself? (pretty hurts, pretty hurts)

Yes
Uh huh huh


Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts” describes how society is changing how the youth of our world view themselves. In this song Beyoncé is portraying a pageant girl who realizes the true meaning of beauty throughout the competition. From the beginning of the song to the end, repetition of certain lyrics is used to enforce a message. In my opinion this song was directed toward the adolescence of society, which is one of the reasons why I picked it.
"Its the soul that needs surgery"
Personal Connection
As a teenager, my view on beauty has been distorted by the media, my peers, books, advertisements and other sources. Even I'm guilty of buying shirts just for the name brand because I thought that it would make me look like the model in the poster. (not quite) "Pretty Hurts" is the perfect song to relate to a young girls life, like mine. Adolescence feel that they need to look like the models in the magazines and sometimes I do too, but this song is a reminder to be happy with the way you are made and that you don't need to change to fit in.



"We shine the light on whatever's worse"
This line is significant because it tell us that today's human population focuses on the flaws they see in themselves. 96% of teens, from the age of 13-20 would change there body type if they could. This lyric demonstrates how as humans we are trained to see the negatives in ourselves, or figuratively speaking point a spotlight at our insecurity's. If we focused on our positive traits, then we would be happier all around. Not only would our physical appearance improve, but also our spiritual, mental and social health. Individuals should view themselves in a positive manner because it will improve so many aspects of ones life.
Personal Connection
"Are you happy with yourself?"
This line in the song made me reflect on my life. Compared to other teens that are my age, I would say that my life is pretty good. I go to school, live in a house, have food on my table, plus I have friends and family that love me. With all of these factors I would say that I am generally happy. The only thing that could really bring me down is myself. Throughout this song, I was listening to the lyrics and thinking about how I have wanted to look a certain way. Beyonces song made me realize that I have so many good things going for me right now in my life, that I don't need to look a certain way to be content.
Yes, I am happy with myself.
Audience Connection
I think that people would want to listen to this song, because it is such an inspiring tune. 89% of the population is unhappy with their self image. By listening to this song, the audience gains a sense of self-confidence and is reminded that its okay to be different and unique. The lyrics are so empowering, especially to women, that it boosts your self esteem and reminds the listener the true meaning of beauty. This song lifts your spirits and is a great song to listen too when your feeling down.
Are you happy with yourself? Pretty doesn't have to hurt.
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