Fireflies Similes Analysis

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Have you ever had any troubles sleeping at night? Some people might have an inability to sleep, a sleeping disorder called insomnia. But for Adam Young, he had trouble sleeping at night, and yet, still have a very colorful vivid dreams. In “Fireflies”, by Owl City, Adam Young is trying to show his vivid dreams when he was young by using many figurative languages such as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, and repetition.

In the famous single,“Fireflies”, there were many uses of similes and metaphors to show his vivid dreams when he was young. In stanza 6, Adam Young sang “Cause I feel like such an insomniac”. This is an example of simile, Adam Young is comparing himself to a person who is regularly unable to sleep. In addition to his use of simile, he also uses metaphor. In the last stanza, Adam Young sang “Because my dreams are bursting at the seams”. This shows an example of a metaphor, because he is comparing two thoughts without using like or as. Similarly, in stanza 7, Adam Young sang “I got misty eyes as they said farewell”. This is another example of a metaphor, Adam Young is trying to convey
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In stanza 6, Adam Young said “I 'm far too tired to fall asleep”. This is an example of a paradox, because the word “far too tired” seeming contradiction may reveal an unexpected truth. In another stanza, Adam Young sang “awake when I 'm asleep”. In the same way, this is also an example of an oxymoron, because oxymoron is a combination of two words that appear to contradict each other, and by staying awake when asleep is a contradictory between the two terms. The use of oxymoron and paradox is shown throughout the lyric. The purpose is to show that he is awake when asleep at the same time, in other words, this will give a clearer idea of him having a vivid dream when trying to
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