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Song Rhetorical Analysis of "Firework" by Katy Perry

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Steph Saloka

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Transcript of Song Rhetorical Analysis of "Firework" by Katy Perry

Song Rhetorical Analysis of "Firework" by Katy Perry
By: Stephanie Saloka
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The song is about telling all people that feel
down or worthless that they should show their
true colors and stand up for themselves. They
should be seen like the vibrant colors of fireworks
and be heard like the loud booms of fireworks.
Speaker: Someone who
has felt worthless before
and wants to empower
others
Occasion: Present Day
no specific place
after the speaker has
experienced the same
emotion that they are
talking about
Audience: People who
feel worthless and down,
as if no one loves them
Purpose: Tell people that they're not
worthless, they are loved, and to give
the world everything they have
Motivate others
Subject: You are who you
are and you should be
proud of that
Tone: Consoling, accepting, loving
sympathetic, and understanding
"Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?"
Simile - understands feelings, sympathetic (pathos)
"Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?"
Simile - beaten down, understand (pathos)

"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July"
Imagery - stand up for yourself

"'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth"
Symbol - firework=inner spirit
stand up for yourself
"Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colours burst"
Imagery - let all of your qualities
show vibrantly for the world to see
"You don't have to feel like a wasted space
You're original, cannot be replaced"
Simile - not waste of space, unique
"After a hurricane comes a rainbow"
Imagery - after the bad comes good
"Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow"
Simile and Imagery - all will be better in the
future
"Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you?"
Ethos/pathos - credibiity, know the furture, not over
"Even brighter than the moon"
Imagery - person will shine brightly
Message: everyone matters;
you should be proud of who
you are, not ashamed; no matter
how bad you think life gets it will
get better; conveyed very well (video
helps to portray the message)
The End :)
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