I M Still Standing Poem Analysis

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This song is about someone who went through a break up and is doing much better without her. The speaker is talking about the antagonist, his ex-girlfriend. She left him, and he was heartbroken at first but, he moved on without her and survived the break up. Throughout the song he recognizes how he is doing much better even after she broke up with him. He is telling her that moving on is better than staying with her. He feels better without her than being with her. The use of similes and repetition in the song “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John implements the theme of moving on is better than being in a toxic relationship. The conflict is both internal and external. The protagonist shows his internal battle when he says, “Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind” (Elton John). This line shows how he had to pick himself up after she left him and how he did it without her. When the breakup first happened, he had that internal struggle of emotions like sadness and anger. When the protagonist says, “I’m still standing” (Elton John) the listener can see that he is not weak or broken down, he is strong. Also, that he had the courage to keep going when it was very difficult for him. The conflict is external as well because the protagonist also has an issue with the antagonist who really hurt him. He makes direct comments where he criticizes her for being cruel to him. This can be observed when he says, “And if our love was just a circus you’d be a clown by
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