Essay about John Lennon - Imagine

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Social criticism examines literature in the cultural, economic, and political context in which it is written or received. Keeping this definition in mind, it is necessary to understand the political, cultural and economic environment in which Lennon the above famous words. “Imagine” was released in 1970. The late 60’s was the time of the Vietnam War and also the time when the peace movement was at its peak. Anti-war demonstrations were a common sight on every street corner. Anti-communist sentiments were at an all time high following the war. The countless lives lost by both sides made plenty realize the fruitlessness of war and prompted them to spread the message of love, unity and peace. Due to ubiquitous demonstrations all over the…show more content…
“Imagine” is one such effort in getting closer to those elusive goals of peace and unity. In the first verse of the song, Lennon tells us how important it is for us to live in the present moment rather than worry about what is waiting for us upon our death. Even though it is normal to worry about our death, Lennon urges us to pay more attention to the sky above us rather than heaven or hell. This is especially true for those who lose out on the present moment worrying about the future. Lennon envisions a world without any political and geographical boundaries when he says “Imagine there’s no countries” (Line 7). When there is a political oneness, there is no need for war. When there is no religion, a difference of opinion does not arise. Varying political and religious views are the most common reasons behind war. Lennon is envisioning a fantasy through this verse. He knows that he can only dream about it. Materialism over humanity is another topic that Lennon touches on. People, lost in selfishness and greed, forget the importance of sharing and caring for each other. ‘Love thy Neighbor’ is a saying that is lost on most people due to the materialistic attitude which is caused by the capitalistic society that we live in today. When no one owns anything, then there is no room for greed and selfishness. Lennon, as he says in his last verse, is a dreamer. After hearing the song and listening to the words, one does feel saddened by how far Lennon’s “dream” is
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