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Analysis Of Grenade By Bruno Mars

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“Grenade” by Bruno Mars explores the theme of love being a destructive and violent force. The poem’s speaker conveys that love makes him possessive and leads him to the extreme in wanting to commit self-harm. The use of metaphor suggests that love brings pain and creates possessive behaviour. Through repetition, the speaker portrays the extent of pain he is willing to put himself through due to love. In this essay, I examine the use of both metaphor and repetition to argue that the speaker did not receive the desired love from his loved one which results in thoughts about destruction and self-harm. First, I will share my interpretation of the song and then I will talk about how metaphor and repetition are constructed to emphasize the main idea of the song. Subsequently, I will conclude with how I believe the speaker is perceived to be throughout the song.
I believe “Grenade” is about the speaker’s possessiveness over his significant other caused by wanting idealistic and hyperbolic love. He doesn’t receive the love he desires which leads to the extreme in wanting to commit self-harm. It is through the line: “Yes, I would die for ya, baby,” the idea of possessive behaviour is conveyed since he is willing to “do anything for [her].” He also demands her love when he states, “To give me all your love is all I ever ask,” which furthers the idea of the speaker being possessive. He wants her to love him, just as much as he loves her; “Cause what [she doesn’t] understand is…”
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