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SONG ANALYSIS

quote analysis

The song “Roar” by Katy Perry effectively describes the
theme of feminism by using rhetorical devices like idiom,
hyperbole, and simile
In stanza one, an idiom is used in the line “I used to bite
my tongue and hold my breath” to show the timidness of
women as they often conceal their thoughts and avoid
speaking up. This is because in society, women’s opinions

“We realize the importance of
our voices only when we are
silenced.”
- Malala Yousafzai

are often ignored and disregarded as men are viewed as

THE ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

more authoritative and powerful. As a result, women are
gradually brainwashed into thinking that their opinions

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don’t matter which caused them fall silent instead of
standing up for their opinions and beliefs. Katy Perry uses

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this idiom to show the faults and lack of feminism in our
society, which in turn advocates women to speak up.
In stanza three, Katy Perry uses a hyperbole in the line,
“you’re gonna hear me roar louder, louder than a lion”. A
lion roars to claim territory and also to show their pride.
By exaggerating her roar to a lion’s roar, she is suggesting
that women will be independent and take pride in who
they are. Again, this is to show the importance of
feminism and how women can surpass the king of the
jungle.
In stanza four, the device simile is used in the line, “now
I’m floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee I earned my
stripes”. Katy Perry is suggesting that while women are
feminine like a butterfly, they can still be vicious like bee’s
sting. It means that she now has the confidence and guts
to do whatever she desires, and there is no one stopping
her. Therefore, she promotes and encourages feminism,
telling women that they are untouchable and they
shouldn’t be afraid to speak their minds.
In conclusion, the song “Roar” by Katy Perry emphasizes
on the theme of feminism through the use of idiom,
hyperbole, and simile.

FEMINISM

This quote by Malala Yousafzai, a women’s
rights activist, is meant to make us realize the
reality of feminism today. It is only when
women are silenced and oppressed by
society, they realize the importance of their
voices.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred is forced to
become a handmaid and bear children for
other women. Now that she is stripped of her
rights and reduced to her fertility, she
remembers her past freedom and her mother,
who was a feminist. Offered realized that she
has taken what her mother was fighting for for
granted and misses her dearly.
Although women’s rights have come a long
way from the past, the idea that women are
completely equal is simply not true. Thus,
today’s society should continue to advocate
for feminism as gender inequality is still
happening, meaning our voices have yet to be
heard.

 BUT I GOT UP (HEY!) ALREADY BRUSHING OFF THE DUST YOU HEAR MY VOICE. I SEE IT NOW [CHORUS:] I GOT THE EYE OF THE TIGER. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association. 1973: Supreme Court establishes a woman's right to safe and legal abortion importance of feminism. The Handmaid’s Tale. life 2016: women will be allowed to serve in any job in the armed services. women should have equal rights and opportunities. BUT I GOT UP (HEY!) GET READY 'CAUSE I'VE HAD ENOUGH I SEE IT ALL. Thus. LOUDER THAN A LION (HYPERBOLE) 'CAUSE I AM A CHAMPION AND YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR NOW I'M FLOATING LIKE A BUTTERFLY STINGING LIKE A BEE I EARNED MY STRIPES (SIMILE) I WENT FROM ZERO. The book serves as a continual reminder that women should not be objectified and should be able to have control over their bodies and their lives because they are our mothers and daughters. instead of asserting her own views. A FIGHTER. 1994: The Violence Against Women Act is passed to tighten the penalties for sex offenders and began fund services for victims of rape and domestic violence which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within its translucent wrapping" (Atwood 136). Not only that. the lack of feminism is portrayed through SONG LYRICS "ROAR" BY KATY PERRY I USED TO BITE MY TONGUE AND HOLD MY BREATH (IDIOM) SCARED TO ROCK THE BOAT AND MAKE A MESS (IDIOM) SO I SIT QUIETLY. the novel’s once independent Offred is oppressed by Gilead’s society to think that she is nothing more than an uterus that serves as a “child- 2009: President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. granting women the right to vote. women in the novel are forbidden to read and are forced to adopt a new name that represents the men’s ownership over them. This is evident when Offred says. whereas women are objectified and viewed as merely tools for bearing children. women are robbed of their rights and femininity. YOU HEAR THAT SOUND LIKE THUNDER GONNA SHAKE THE GROUND (SIMILE)  YOU HELD ME DOWN. Gilead is a totalitarian government where only men can hold authoritative power. The primary goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women THE HANDMAID'S TALE FEMINISM Margaret Atwood is a Canadian author known for her feminist-views. the shape of a pear. In The Handmaid's Tale. AGREE POLITELY I GUESS THAT I FORGOT I HAD A CHOICE I LET YOU PUSH ME PAST THE BREAKING POINT I STOOD FOR NOTHING. the the lack of feminism in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale in turn allowed Margaret Atwood to highlight the importance of feminism as women are the creator of life. In conclusion. Hence. she explores the topic of feminism by raising question about the fair and equal treatment of women. [PRE-CHORUS:] YOU HELD ME DOWN. which allows victims of pay discrimination to file a complaint with the government against their employer bearing vessel” (Atwood 65). Feminism is defined as the belief that men and 1960: The Food and Drug Administration approves birth control pills. "I’m a cloud. Which in turn stressed the 1963: Congress passed the Equal Pay Act. DANCING THROUGH THE FIRE (METAPHOR) 'CAUSE I AM A CHAMPION AND YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR LOUDER. would not exist. It is ironic that in a society with declining population.The History of Feminism 1869: Susan B. congealed around a central object. TO MY OWN HERO . In one of her works. SO I FELL FOR EVERYTHING Gilead’s oppression of women. Atwood utilizes this irony to emphasize on the importance of feminism. In The Handmaid’s Tale. for without women. making it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job. 1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution passed the law.