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superking98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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Are there any literacy devices in this song:

 

Linkin Park - Breaking The Habit

Memories consume
Like opening the wound
I'm picking me apart again

You all assume
I'm safe here in my room
Unless I try to start again

I don't want to be the one
The battles always choose
'Cause inside I realize
That I'm the one confused

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don't know why I instigate
And say what I don't mean

I don't know how I got this way
I know it's not alright
So I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit tonight

Clutching my cure
I tightly lock the door
I try to catch my breath again

I hurt much more
Than anytime before
I had no options left again

I don't want to be the one
The battles always choose
'Cause inside I realize
That I'm the one confused

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don't know why I instigate
And say what I don't mean

I don't know how I got this way
I'll never be alright
So I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit tonight

I'll paint it on the walls
'Cause I'm the one at fault
I'll never fight again
And this is how it ends

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
But now I have some clarity
To show you what I mean

I don't know how I got this way
I'll never be alright
So I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit tonight

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 4, 2013 at 12:47 AM (Answer #1)

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A simile compares two things by using 'like' or 'as,' so the first stanza of "Breaking the Habit" contains a simile in the second line, "like opening the wound."  The songwriter compares looking back at his overwhelming memories to being similar to picking at wound.

The third stanza contains personification in the line "the battles always choose," because the writer gives battles a human characteristic or quality, in this case the ability to decide or choose the speaker of the song.

Stanza 6 has some nice alliteration, or repeating consonant sounds a the beginning of the word:  "Clutching my cure."

Stanza 11 contains a hyperbole when the speaker claims, "I'll paint it on the walls."  A hyperbole is an exaggeration.  In this case, the speaker is not really going to paint his grievances on the wall, but he's exaggerating the extent of what he feels.  "Paint[ing] it on the walls" is his way of saying that he really wants everyone to know how he feels about the situation.

All of the poem incorporates "breaking the habit" as a consistent extended metaphor; in this case, "the habit" could be a euphemism for a drug or alcohol addiction, or even an unhealthy relationship.  Since the song does not specify what this particular dangerous habit may be, the true meaning is left up to the listener's imagination. 

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