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Fireflies by Owl City - Literary Device Presentation

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Sarah Dadabhoy

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Fireflies by Owl City - Literary Device Presentation

"You would not believe your eyes
if ten million fireflies
lit up the world as I fell asleep." Hyperbole Hyperbole is an over-exaggerated statement or saying that is nearly impossible to be true.

It emphasizes the saying. Why is this lyric hyperbole? "10 million fireflies," is being over
-exaggerated, because if your sleeping 10 million fireflies just don't show up out of nowhere. " 'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they try to teach me how to dance. " Personification Why is this lyric personification? This lyric is personification, because the song writer is giving the "fireflies" human characteristics of dancing.

Also fireflies can't give hugs to humans, or teach anything. Fireflies
by Owl City Lyric #1: This lyric is hyperbole, because 10 million fireflies is a very big number (exaggeration).
Also it seems impractical and not realistic for '10 million fireflies' to light up the whole word, right when you fall asleep.

+ What is hyperbole? Lyric #2 What is Personification? Personification is when animals, ideas, or inanimate objects are given human characteristics. [Figure of Speech] [An extravagant exaggeration] We think that the main message of this song that the artist is trying to convey, is that time goes very fast, but he wants to live life without missing out any fun or opportunities.

The song implies that a sense of him wanting to go back to his childhood innocence. Lets break it Down: ("I'd like to make myself believe, that planet earth turns slowly") - The earth turns fast, therefore representing time passing by fast. ("I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep") - This implies him not wanting to sleep, to be able to do as much as possible and not miss out on any fun. Many parts of the song are connected to child-like activities or desires.
(Example: "'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar") Main Idea: #1 #2 #3 Main Theme: Cherishing time, and living like a child. Ten million fireflies don't light up the world just as you fall asleep, but it is a comparison that so much happens, even when you're not looking (or asleep). What does this lyric mean? Since you can't get a thousand hugs, or learn how to dance from fireflies, this shows the little things that are child-like dreams. What does the lyric mean? How is it connected to the main idea? This lyric is an example of some childhood dreams that youngsters would think of. How does this lyric connect to the main idea? This connects to the main idea, because it shows that the time passes quickly and that without noticing, so many things happen. The artist is trying to say he doesn't wanna miss any of it. This helps to understand the song better, because the exaggeration of 'ten million' fireflies, shows just how much you miss out, since time passes by so fast. This helps us to understand the main idea better, because it show clear thoughts of a young child, and represents the artist wanting to travel back in time, and doing everything again.
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