Eleanor Rigby Analysis

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“Being alone is very difficult (Yoko Uno)” In “Eleanor Rigby”, a Beatles song, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon that encompasses loneliness of all people through the story of two individuals. It talks about Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie and their lonely lives. The idea of the song is that everyone is alone, for a short time or a lifetime, and that is just how life is.
One often struggling, searching, and wanting to find where they belong through a story of two individuals. In the chorus, “ Where do they all come from? All the lonely people. Where do they all belong?” it proves this central point. Even though the song is about these two people, it reflects all people. Loneliness leads to a sense of displacement in a situation,
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Within the story, Father McKenzie,a pastor, and Eleanor Rigby, an elderly woman, are in the church yet they were both lonely. They had a chance to communicate with one another, but people often don’t see that others are just as lonely as they are. “Eleanor Rigby, died in the church, And was buried along with her name, Nobody came”. So, they suffer in silence and as seen in the song, one dies lonely. This reiterates the idea that individuals can go their whole life and then, die alone. It is also shown that that go to the same church by this line: “Father McKenzie, wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave.” Burying Eleanor, Father McKenzie was at the funeral and that is how they end up being together, he was the only one to attend her funeral, and that was because he was doing his job. Consequently, these outcomes are the negatives of lonely, maudlin ,and hopeless. In the end, the Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby” uses two individuals stories to make a statement of humans and loneliness, and how no matter what a person will feel alone from time to time. Consequently, “No one is saved”, neither Eleanor Rigby or Father McKenzie, from the human emotion of loneliness. It is written like a warning, to show how one may end up without others around them, a funeral without people and a solitary life. The Beatles’ expressed a melancholy mood through a story about being
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