Monday, March 27, 2017

Month 8 Week 2


Please take the time to watch the Youtube on allusions, upon completion discuss the allusions found in the posted piece.

Allusions

 An allusion is when a person or author makes an indirect reference in speech, text, or song to an event or figure. Often the allusions made are to past events or figures, but sometimes allusions are made to current famous people or events.
The allusion does not give much detail about the reference-it does not describe things in detail. Rather, because these events are momentous-significant historically, culturally, or politically-the speaker or author expects that people in general would understand the allusion without explanation.
Allusions are often used within a metaphor or simile. The comparison alludes to an event or person of significance that everyone should understand.
Allusions often make reference to previous works of literature, especially references to the Bible and Greek or Roman mythology.

CANDLE IN THE WIND by Elton John 
Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did
Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did
Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the twenty second row
Who sees you as something as more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did
The candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

16 comments:

  1. An allusion that I found in this post is "From the young man in the twenty second row
    Who sees you as something as more than sexual
    More than just our Marilyn Monroe".

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  2. An allusion that I found in this post is "They set you on the treadmill
    And they made you change your name"

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  3. An allusion that i liked was "Never know who to cling to"

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  4. An allusion I found in the song was:
    When the rain set in
    And I would liked to have known you
    But I was just a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did

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  5. An allusion that I found in the text was "You had the face to hold yourself
    While those around you crawled".

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  6. Jessica Wills-PliskoApril 6, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    The song Candle in the Wind by Elton John is full of allusions. The first allusion would be "They set you on a treadmill//And they made you change your name" It was said that this song was written about the famous Marilyn Monroe after she had passed. Marilyn Monroe was changed completely by the industry to appear more appealing. "Loneliness was tough//The toughest role you ever played//Hollywood created a superstar//And pain was the price you paid//Even when you died//Oh the press still hounded you//All the papers had to say//Was that Marilyn was found in the nude" There was a wide spread controversy around Monroe that she had posed nude for a magazine and even after she died, she continued to be gossiped about. The final allusion that I have is "Your candle burned out long before//Your legend ever did" Sir Elton John was making reference to her legend living on forever. Today, for example, Marilyn Monroe is a very well known woman, regardless of the fact she has been dead for many years.

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  7. "Even when you died
    Oh the press still hounded you
    All the papers had to say
    Was that Marilyn was found in the nude."
    This text alludes to Norma Jean's nude photographs, which made her famous. According to Elton John, even after Jean's death, she was still criticized as being overly "sexual" and was made even more controversial for her infamous "nude" photos.

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    1. Lydia,

      I definitely agree with your interpretation of this allusion! I did a bit of research into this topic and discovered that Marilyn Monroe had hidden the fact that she took nude photos. However, she later admitted that she took them out of desperation – she needed money at the time, and she thought that was the only way to scrap some together. How sad was it that after her death, she was gossiped about for her nudes, which she had felt ashamed of and had wanted to cover up! Nonetheless, she is a legend, as Elton John also sings, and she is well-remembered for her acting and immense beauty - in addition to her overt sexuality, as you have stated. Marilyn Monroe was quite the character!

      Your peer,
      Kelly :)

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  8. An allusion that I found was "And pain was the price you paid Even when you died."

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  9. Obviously, this song is a goodbye to Norma Jean, a woman more commonly known as Marilyn Monroe. Aside from the fact that this entire song is essentially an allusion to Marilyn’s life, there are a few allusions that really stick out to me. The first is, “They set you on the treadmill / And they made you change your name.” This alludes to how she changed her name and image from plain-old Norma Jean to the sexy Marilyn Monroe. The second is, “And it seems to me you lived your life / Like a candle in the wind / Never knowing who to cling to / When the rain set in.” This alludes to the extreme fluctuation of her life, with many ups & downs and uncertainty. “Never knowing who to cling to” alludes to her numerous marriages and divorces, which continued up until her death – when the rain extinguished her flame of life for good. The last is, “Your candle burned out long before / Your legend ever did.” This alludes to the fact although she died, her image and name are still extremely well-known to this day – this is her legend.

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  10. One allusion in this song is "Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did."

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  11. An allusion that I have found is "And pain was the price you paid Even when you died."

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  12. The entire song itself is an allusion to the life, career, and tragic death of Norma Jean, known to the world as Marilyn Monroe. However, several lines are notable smaller allusions in themselves. For example, a few of the first lines read "They crawled out of the woodwork/And they whispered into your brain/They set you on the treadmill/And they made you change your name" (5-8). This recounts how the modeling and movie industries snatched her up and slowly reconstructed her visage into that of the platinum blonde bombshell we know today. Another allusion can be easily identified in the lines "All the papers had to say/Was that Marilyn was found in the nude" (23-24). These lyrics clearly allude to the state in which Marilyn was found--naked in her bedroom surrounded by empty pill bottles--and the newspapers' tunnel-visioned obsession with it. Additionally, the repeated lyric "Like a candle in the wind" doesn't only sum up her tumultuous time in the limelight. It also fittingly describes the uncertainty of her hopping between foster families and schools as a youth.

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  13. This song by Elton John alludes to a woman, Norma Jean, who was more commonly known as Marilyn Monroe. Elton John references her life and struggles as a star in Hollywood. He comments on having to change her name, and that "Loneliness was tough/The toughest role you ever played/Hollywood created a superstar/And pain was the price you paid." This explains that she gave up everything to be the star the public wanted her to be.

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  14. I think the term Candle in the wind is a good allusion because if you have ever seen a lit candle that is in the wind it struggles to stay lit until it eventually gets blown out. Everybody has likely seen a candle on a birthday cake be blown out when they were a kid.

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  15. An allusion that I found was "Loneliness was tough The toughest role you ever played".

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