Ying St. Clair's Song 'Someone Like You'

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The song “Someone Like You” by Adele would be a great match for Ying-Ying St. Clair’s desire for her daughter, Lena, to have a better marriage in the story, unlike the one Ying-Ying had in China. The song “Someone Like You” could also be used for Rose’s marriage as well. As Lena’s marriage with Harold is going awfully, Ying-Ying’s desire for Lena to have a better life is like the line “I wish nothing but the best for you”, which can also match for all of the mother’s desires throughout the story. However, I think this is the best time to match the theme “desires” with since I believe it is when it is it’s most obvious as she breaks the table so that she can tell Lena to tell her about standing for herself. As Lena and Harold are talking downstairs about “useless things”, the lyrics “I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited/But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it” would be played as Ying-Ying St. Clair is thinking when she should reveal herself and tell her about her wisdom. The lines “sometimes is lasts in love but hurts instead”, could also be used to relate to how Lena and Harold were married happily first, but then over time it went downhill and started to “hurt” both of them. Ying-Ying’s…show more content…
As Ying-Ying thinks about the past and how amazing it was until she met a bad man (just like Lena), the lines “We were born and raised/In a summer haze/ Bound by the surprise of our glory days/ I hate to turn out of the blue/But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it/ I’d hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded/That for me it isn’t over”, would play, matching perfectly with Ying-Ying’s desires (and regrets) for guiding her daughter. At the end of the scene as Ying-Ying is dropping the vase, the line “sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”, would be played quietly and end abruptly, just as Lena opens the door to find her standing in the darkness, “waiting between the
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