This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Dylan Essay

2640 words - 11 pages

The War Machine

Many Protest songs created during the Sixties often dealt with some aspect of the Vietnam War, whether themes dealt with ideas such as loss of life, brutality of war, wars based on political agendas and hypocritical governments, or many other aspects related to war, and its negative impact on society. Bob Dylan, a singer/songwriter most well known for his songs of protest, wrote several songs in protest of the Vietnam War. Dylan’s Song “Masters of War” is one such song of protest, but is unique in the way that the speaker of the song is not Dylan himself, but rather a young man, whose life is affected by the war first hand. This young man is likely a soldier who is ...view middle of the document...

What these masks symbolize is left to the listener of the song to decide, but it is clear that these maskes symbolize some form of deception, or hidden agenda that the masks wearers are guilty of. Those who build guns, war planes, and bombs for war have a level of deception about them. Why are they building these tools for war? What are they gaining? To answer this question, the young soldier also calls upon those who hide behind walls and desks, which are presumably those contracting and financing the makers of war tools. Those who sit behind desks and walls are likely to be political figures in any section of the government, such as army generals, commanders and even the president of the United States. These people also wear masks, masks of deception or hidden agendas. They give money to those building war tools, thus perpetuating the building of those tools, and the constant loss of life resulting from those tools usage.
In the second stanza, the young soldier calls out the same people as in the first, but by different names. He calls those that have “never done nothin’, but build to destroy” and blames them for “playing with [his] world like it’s their little toy.” The speaker of the song is claiming that those builders of war tools have done nothing in their lives but build weapons that are capable of destruction, and that are in fact used for destruction. The singer is also claiming that these people are playing with his world. He does not say our world, or their world, which is very significant. The significance of the word my is that it makes it a personal world to the soldier, or those who are facing wars ugliness first hand. He is asserting that those weapons manufacturers are playing with his world, as if it were a toy. What the speaker means by this phrase is that those creating the weapons for war do not live in the world of war. They are very much away from this world, but by manufacturing weapons for the war world, they are playing with this world. They are altering the world greatly, but without doing anything first hand. All they do “is put a gun in [soldiers] hand[s]” and then they “turn and run.” The soldier is expected to use the gun, not the gun maker, therefore he is not living in the soldier’s world, but greatly affecting its outcome IE: they are simply playing with a world that is not their own, and seemingly couldn’t care less about the consequences of their actions, or playing.
Now the speaker of the song is comparing these men and women to Judas, because they “lie and deceive” just as he has done. Judas is best known for his role in betraying Jesus, and just like Judas, these people lie, deceive and betray their people. Further in the stanza, listeners are told just what the lies told entail. He claims that they lie, making him believe that a “world war can be won” when clearly, according to the speaker it can not be won. The reason these people would want to lie in order to make...

Other Papers Like Dylan Essay

Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan Paper

1998 words - 8 pages Although that there are numerous ways of interpreting the lyrics of Dylan’s songs, but rather than consider, contemplate, and debate the numerous possible ways of understanding “Like a Rolling Stone,” I have chosen simply to express only my initial understanding; after all, Dylan routinely refused to provide explanation for his songs and their [possible] meanings, so I must assume that he would prefer that a person simply listen

The Hunchback In The Park By Dylan Marlais Thomas

1454 words - 6 pages Dylan Thomas’ lived his life beyond his years, abided by his beliefs and created works, such as The Hunchback in the Park, in which he displayed his wisdom. Most people have only heard the famous lines, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”(Thomas 2703), but have no idea where the line comes from, much less who wrote it. Thomas, like many other poets, has lines from his poetry that are famous, and yet, no one knows who penned them. He

Annotation For "Apple Takes Branding Cue From Bob Dylan."

983 words - 4 pages Michael Krauss, in "apple takes branding cue from Bob Dylan", describes the marketing strategies of Apple computer corp. to increase the market share of its products and make the brand name "apple" known by more and more people. Krauss lists and explains many strategies that the Apple computer corp. adopts to meet the marketing goals of the company in this article. This article helps me to have a better understanding of the marketing practices

A Comparison of Poem's: Emily Dickinson's and Dylan Thomas' Distinctly Different Views of Death

575 words - 3 pages Emily Dickinson's "I Could Not Stop For Death" and "Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas are two literary pieces on the topic of death. While there are some comparisons between the two poets, when it comes to death as the theme, their writing styles are quite different. These distinct differences are evident in both the form, and the choice of words in these poems.The poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" is one of Emily

The History of Bob Dylan - A summary about Bob Dylan's childhood to success

549 words - 3 pages Bob Dylan was the most influential songwriter in the popular music of the 1960s. He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. His father owned an appliance store, and his mother's parents managed a clothing store. Dylan loved music from the time of his childhood. He later changed his name to Bob Dylan to leave behind his real identity and his past, to become the person who dreamed of being, a rock n' roll star bigger

Rock and Roll on Drugs

1542 words - 7 pages Lennon is quoted as saying “You'd take the pill, you'd be talking, you'd sober up, you could work almost endlessly - until the pill wore off, then you'd have to have another.” The band also tried Cannabis or Marijuana several time in the early sixties but they really got turned on to it by Bob Dylan on August 28, 1964. When Dylan met the Beatles in their room his was shocked when they told him that they had never smoked marijuana before. Dylan went

Compare / Contrast Essay

1300 words - 6 pages Issa Haddad Jason Sebacher ENGL102 27 November 2012 Compare/Contrast Essay In Dylan Thomas', “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, he entreats his father to not succumb quietly to death. He uses the metaphor, "the dying of the light" (3) to illustrate that he feels death to be a destructive power seeking to put out the "light" which is the human life force. That he feels this destruction should not be passively accepted is first shown

American Greed

1970 words - 8 pages money, resources, and human potential that must flow through the body politic to nourish a nation’s health and growth," writes Dylan Ratigan on , How to take America back from the ‘Greedy Bastards’ (msnbc). What Dylan tried to portray in this metaphor is how corrupt and misleading these 'Greedy Bastards' or the elite few really are and how through advertising and other promotional methods they attempt to cover their tracks. The bail out of Wall

Web or Print?

830 words - 4 pages Dylan Wyrick Essay 2 Web? Or Print? When looking doing research and looking up different sources most students just go straight to the internet and use the first web page they find that deals with their topic. This is not a very strong method to use when attempting to find strong, credible information. It’s also beneficial to find some type of print source as well such as books, newspaper articles, magazines etc. Most

How to Write Literature 101

3519 words - 15 pages danger of excessive pride. The imagery in Dylan Thomas‟s poem “Fern Hill” reveals the ambiguity of humans‟ relationship with nature. Typically, the thesis statement falls at the end of your introductory paragraph. The Introduction The introduction to your literary analysis essay should try to capture your reader‟s interest. To bring immediate focus to your subject, you may want to use a quotation, a provocative question, a brief anecdote, a

How to Write a Literary Essay

3519 words - 15 pages danger of excessive pride. The imagery in Dylan Thomas‟s poem “Fern Hill” reveals the ambiguity of humans‟ relationship with nature. Typically, the thesis statement falls at the end of your introductory paragraph. The Introduction The introduction to your literary analysis essay should try to capture your reader‟s interest. To bring immediate focus to your subject, you may want to use a quotation, a provocative question, a brief anecdote, a

Related Essays

"The Final Adventure" Comparative Essay On Two Poems: "Ulysses" By Alfred, Lord Tennyson And "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" By Dylan Thomas

964 words - 4 pages of death. Some children never stop wondering about it, and as adults write poetry to help explain the complicated emotions associated with death. Two such poems are "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas. The two poems use very different tones to form similar arguments, while varying slightly in their use of family roles and views of aging and death.The different tones used in these two

Dylan Thomas Essay

2955 words - 12 pages Question: Write an essay on a period or literary group in British poetry, or a British poet or a British poem in about 3000 words. DYLAN THOMAS (Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953)) INTRODUCTION: Dylan Thomas was a poet of transition from modernism to post war poetry. Modernism in English poetry reflected post-war (1) disillusionment, the impact of science and industrial society and elite cosmopolitanism

Dylan Thomas Essay

980 words - 4 pages Dylan Thomas was born in October 1914 in Uplands, Swansea, where he grew up. His father, David John Thomas, had taken his degree at University College Aberystwyth and obtained a First in English, which he taught at Swansea Grammar School. His pupils found him quick tempered and intimidating, but he had a beautiful, sonorous voice for reading aloud, which his son inherited. Thomas' mother, Florence Hannah Williams, had been a seamstress

Bob Dylan Essay

1281 words - 6 pages The Ideas of an Influential Song Writer Born as Robert Albert Zimmerman in May of 1941, Bob Dylan grew up in an era of despair and hatred, were predigest filled the air with the civil rights movement. Dylan’s love for music revolved around one of his favorite idols which drew him into the music industry. Woody Guthrie influenced Bob Dylan to succeed and endeavor new beginnings as a singer and song writer. Guthrie was known as a true poet of