Michael Jackson The Man In The Mirror Analysis

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Usually, when people express their beliefs on what the most important desideratum or possession in life is, they state whatever it is that they are lacking at the time. Whether it is health, love, beauty, shelter, family - when individuals think about what is essential, it is typically unavailable to them at that moment; that is why the most important necessity in life is self dependence. During these circumstances where we feel something is missing, we try to make others improve the issue and we often overlook that we have the power to make the change. However, being able to rely on oneself to solve problems no matter how minor or major will lead to a sense of triumph and true happiness. The song The Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson…show more content…
To begin, the lyrical tone is introspective. The lyrics in themselves motivate the listeners to reflect back on how they have been handling more major issues in their lives. “It 's time that I realize that there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan. Could it be really me, pretending that they 're not alone?” (stanza 5, lines 2-4); in these lines, Michael Jackson is advising others to review their past experiences, to see if they have been overlooking those in need. He is also stating that he is also guilty of ignoring underprivileged people. ANOTHER SONG LINE? The musical tone is ashamed; Michael Jackson is ashamed that he has not made an impact on the lives of needy people. For example, he begins with the lines “I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life” (stanza 1, lines 1-2). This implies that he feels he has not made a change before; he wants to make a difference for the first time. Especially when he sings “for once in my life”, his singing becomes close to a whisper and it is long and drawn out, which leads listeners to believe that the singer is ashamed. He then goes into the lines “It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right” (stanza 1, lines 3-4), which means that he wants to make up for all the times he has disregarded those who may be suffering. He feels almost guilty, so it will feel good to get rid of that burden and to…show more content…
“A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top” (stanza 3, line 1) is the first major example. “A summer’s disregard” indicates that during the summertime, there are vacations, relaxation, and no school. Everyone is doing what they want to do, in other words, they can become a little selfish; they disregard others and their needs. “A broken bottle top” can be interpreted as when someone litters. If they throw their “broken bottle top” on the street, they are also disregarding others. Both people and animals walk on the streets and either could step on or touch something sharp and cut themselves. Animals could also eat trash and, depending on what it is, it could cause harm to them or potentially kill them. “As I turn up the collar on my favourite winter coat” (stanza 2, line 1), while not being a direct piece of figurative language, means that he has choices between which coat he wears. He is more privileged than others, which is a reason to help others. Also, more figuratively, turning up the collar on your coat can mean that you are shutting people out and only thinking about yourself. “They follow each other on the wind ya’ know, ‘cause they got nowhere to go” (stanza 3, lines 3-4). By “follow each other on the wind ya’ know” he is talking about homeless people. They follow each other wherever life takes them, since they do not have a specific home to stay at. “A

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