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Unformatted text preview: Module 1 Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” Music Video Analysis Summary Lana D el R ey’s m usic v ideo f or t he s ong Born T o D ie i s e pic i n t ruly m any w ays. I t o pens with L ana a nd h er p erceived b oyfriend h olding e ach o ther i n f ront o f a n A merican f lag. T hen i t pans d own a v ery R oman C atholic l ooking c hurch o nly t o p resent L ana i n a c hair n ear t he a pse with t wo t igers o n e ach s ide o f h er. T he v ideo p resents m any d ifferent s cenes o f h er b oyfriend experimenting w ith s ex a nd d rugs, a long w ith s cenes o f d esperation a nd l oneness e xperienced by b oth p arties. The m usic v ideo c oncludes w ith a s cene o f t he t wo d riving a nd c rashing t heir c ar. T he final s cene i s a l arger­than­life s hot o f h er b oyfriend h olding h er d ead b ody a s t he c amera p ans away f rom t he t wo w ith t he c ar i n f lames i n t he b ackground. I nteresting, t he v ideo e nds i n t he same m anner i n w hich i t s tarted; t he t wo h olding e ach o ther i n f ront o f a n A merican f lag. Analysis The b ulk o f A mericans p rimarily l isten t o t op 4 0 h its. T his m eans t hat w hat i s i n t he t op 40 i s u sually a g ood i ndication o f w hat m atters t o A mericans a nd h ow A mericans s ee t he w orld around t hem. B orn T o D ie i s s ong a imed a t a ddressing a nd c hallenging t he A merican D ream, n ot necessarily j ust b y i t’s l yrics, b ut b y i t’s m ultidimensional v ideo. T he A merican D ream i s t he myth t hat t his v ideo a ddresses, n ot n ecessarily i n a greement t o i t, b ut i n r etaliation. According t o o ur b ook, C lassical M ythology , a m yth h olds t ruth a bout t he w ay h umans perceive t he w orld i n r elation t o t he c ulture t hat w e l ive i n. T he A merican D ream i s a c ultural truth t hen b ecause A merican c ulture i s b ased a round t he A merican D ream. T he A merican Dream i s t he i dea t hat a nyone c ould b ecome w hoever t hey w ant t o b e w ith a l ittle h ard w ork and e ffort. I t i s a n i dea t hat w e s hould a ll a spire t o b e s uccessful, g et m arried, b e h appy, a nd raise t he n ext g eneration o f A mericans b ehind o ur p icket f ences. T his i s a “ Rudy t hing” o r i n other w ords, s omething w e A mericans g enerally i dentify a s t rue t hat m akes u s f eel b igger t han ourselves. What I ’ve f ound i s t hat L ana i s i n f act t elling u s s he i s r ejecting t his c ultural t ruth. W hen Lana i s h olding h er b oyfriend i n f ront o f t he A merican F lag s he g lances a t t he c amera w ith a very d esperate l ook. I t’s a s i f s he’s s aying “ Is t his c orrect? A m I d o t hing r ight? S houldn’t I b e happy?” b ut a s t he v ideo c ontinues w e l earn m ore a bout h er d iscontent w ith h er l ife. S cenes o f her a nd h er b oyfriend f ighting, n ights s pent a lone i n a n e mpty b ed a s a h ousewife c reep t heir way i nto t he f rames w hile t he l yrics “ sometimes l ove i s n ot e nough, a nd t he r oad g ets t ough, I don’t k now w hy” e cho i n t he b ackground. The p urpose o f t his v ideo i s t o b ring t o l ight h ow s eemingly h appy a nd a ppealing t he all­American d ream i s, b ut h ow t his f açade i s o ften i nevitably i ll­fated. U nderneath i t a ll something i s n ot r ight t o L ana. T o h er, t he d ream h as g one s our w ith t he t aste o f a t oxic relationship. T o h er t he A merican d ream i s f lawed, u nrealistic, u nattainable, a nd u nsatisfying. Module 1 What I l ike a bout t his v ideo i s h ow i t d raws c onnection t o t he c ontent t hat w e’ve l earned t hus far a bout c lassical m ythology. L ana c onsistently u ses s ymbolism s uch a s t he c hurch, d oors, a nd light a s w ays t o e xpress t he d eep c ontrast b etween l ife a nd d eath. I t r eminds m e o f T he “ Law” of D ouble D etermination t hat t he H omeric e pics a ppear t o h ave. L ana’s f ate s eems t o b e determined i n n ot o nly b y h er a ctions, b ut a lso b y t hose o f a d ivine p ower. S he c an t ry t o a void death, b ut a s t he t itle s tates, s he w as b orn t o d ie. I n b ook t hree o f t he O dyssey, N estor s ays “never o nce d id t he w ind f ail, o nce t he g od h as s et i t b lowing.” I n o ther w ords, i n r elation t o Lana’s e xperience, a lthough w e t ry o ut b est a nd o ften s ucceed a t c heating d eath, i t w ill eventually c atch u p t o u s a s i f i n a d ivine f ashion. The A merican D ream I w ould a rgue c an b e s een a t hroughout t he O dyssey. O dysseus i s telling t he s tory o f h ow h e i s a h ero—how w ith t ime, p atience, c unning a bility, a nd e ffort, h e become a h ero m uch l ike h ow t he A merican d ream i s i ndented t o b e. Classical M ythology t alks about t he r elationship b etween p hycology a nd m yths, c iting n umerous p ersons s uch a s C arl Jung. J ung b elieves m yths c ontain “ archetypes” o r s imply t raditional e xpressions o f c ollective dreams t hat c ultures h ave d eveloped o ver l ong p eriods o f t ime. T he A merican d ream i s n ot uniquely A merican, i t’s a n i dea t hat h as p ropagated i tself t hroughout h istory a nd w as o nly recently a dopted b y A merica a s i t’s i deology. Although b oth w orks a re d ifferent i n t erms o f t ime p eriod, t hey b oth a cknowledge t he existence o f t he “ work h ard a nd y ou w ill b e r ewarded e thic”. A lthough o ne m ay b e p romoting and t he o ther r ejecting, b oth a dmit i t’s p resence i n o ur s ociety. “ The R udy T hing” i n t his instance i s t he A merican D ream: a c ultural t ruth v alue w hich w e a ll h old t o b e t rue. Citations ● Odyssey o Book I II, l ines 1 82­183 ● Online L ecture o “The R udy T hing” o Definition o f a m yth a nd t erm “ classical m ythology” o “Law o f D ouble D etermination” o “all­god­thing” ● Textbook ( Classical M ythology) o Chapter 1 ( myth a nd p sychology) ▪ Carl J ung’s v iew o n A rchetypes ...
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