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Critical Response for Van Gogh song

Critical Response for Van Gogh song - Jessica Spano Steve...

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Spano 1 -1 Jessica Spano Steve Smith ENG 101 #84S Critical Response Van Gogh’s Best Friend? Or a Van Gogh Wanna-be? Vincent Van Gogh was unknown as a person and an artist. He and his work remained unnoticed until a few years after his death. Gogh’s family was extremely wealthy and did not support his art career. Van Gogh was referred to as “alone” because both his friends and family did not appreciate and understand his artwork. Lack of support from friends and family could have lead to Gogh’s loneliness and may have been just a few of the main reasons why he committed suicide. “Vincent,” by Don McLean, explores the parts of Gogh’s life that was not recognized or brought up in casual conversation. McLean conveys a clear strong message to listeners that Gogh struggled with being lonely and not having people understand his work. McLean also portrays this message to allow readers to think he is neither superior nor inferior to Gogh but an equal, and constantly relates to him throughout the entire song. Metaphors and symbolism is used to help depict main ideas and concepts that McLean is trying to get across to listeners.
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