Unformatted text preview: Josh Huver Huver 1 Marrinan H. English 9 22 March, 2004 Stockholm Syndrome The song Stockholm Syndrome by the band blink 182 features a very dark and paranoid side of the band and its members. In the song they use heavy symbolism through hyperboles and brutal irony. Through dark and symbolized imagery, lyricists Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus show the hardships and paranoia of leaving for and returning from war, and the difficulties it presents. The song itself is based on old letters written from Hoppus’ grandfather to his grandmother during WWII. What the song accomplishes is depicting what might be the case when he returns from the war, shocked from losing friends and shocked with paranoia. “I'm so lost / I'm barely here / I wish I could explain myself / But words escape me ” These lines literally show the effect of war on an individual. They are confused inside and detach themselves from the rest of the world without knowing why or being able to explain it. Then to come home to loved ones and not being able to communicate with them like old times, that seems like the ultimate pain of war. Just wishing you could die, or leave and start somewhere else. “I'm sick with apprehension / I'm crippled from exhaustion / And I dread the moment when you finally come to kill me.” Despite the fact that paranoia itself is mentioned in the main stanza of this song, “An...
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- Spring '08
- English, Paranoia, Tom DeLonge, Blink-182, Stockholm syndrome, Mark Hoppus, Josh Huver Huver