The Most Schizophrenic Literary Terms

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The Most Schizophrenic Literary Terms Mixtape in Existence 1. Allegory "Hotel California"- Eagles Contrary to a seemingly pervasive belief, the Eagles' "Hotel California" isn't an ode to Satanism. Rather, the song serves as an ominous warning about the self destructive nature of greed and as a pointed criticism of the wildly hedonistic lifestyle frequently espoused during the 1970s. The "Hotel California" spoken of in the song serves as an allegory for a lifestyle that is undeniably alluring, yet entirely destructive and nearly impossible to let go of, as shown by the lyrics, "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave"; these lyrics, like much of the song, also have a double entendre- "check out" literally refers to checking out of a hotel, yet also refers to figuratively "checking out" by disassociating from reality. The line, "This could be Heaven or this could be Hell," also emphasizes the duality of the lifestyle. 2. Tone "Civilian"- Wye Oak Tone is loosely defined as the "the emotional coloring of a work". In Wye Oak's "Civilian", the tone is entirely apparent from the moment Jenn Wasner begins to sing. The melancholy is nearly palpable throughout the song; the speaker quite clearly regrets the ending of her relationship. The lyrics, "I am nothing without a man. I know my faults, but I can't hide them," embodies the notion that her happiness depends upon a relationship, while also allowing her to recognize that this dependence is one of her
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