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ENG4U – EnglishTVO ILCSong PresentationIntroduction (hook + thesis + preview)What is “freedom” and what does “freedom” mean to you? The definition of Freedom is having theability to act, change, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. However, is that themessage Beyoncé is trying to send out with her song “Freedom”? What does Beyoncé really mean by“Freedom”? Well Beyoncé’s song “Freedom” is actually the empowerment of woman and the Black LivesMatter movement. She is fighting for Black Lives and is trying to really empower black women. Thispresentation will cover the meaning of “Freedom”, Beyoncé’s stance on the movement, addressing theSuper Bowl critiques, and the civil unrest after George Floyd’s death.Body (main points)Paragraph 1: Explaining the lyrics of Freedom and how it’s empoweringWhat do the lyrics in “Freedom” mean? The general idea of the song is to take back freedom and powerfrom the people who are oppressing African Americans. Beyoncé is standing up and giving black people –especially black women – a voice to speak with. Some poetic devices that we can pick up on from herlyrics are repetition, imagery, hyperbole, and a lot of metaphors. She uses a lot of “I’ma walk, I’mamarch, I’ma wade, I’ma riot” and “Freedom! Freedom!” which shows clear repetition to put emphasisthat she is determined to take back her freedom. For example, the line “Tell the storm I’m new, I’ma walk,I’ma march on the regular, painting white flags blue”shows that she is confident and prepared to marchtowards freedom.Then the chorus of the song which is on screen at the moment demonstrates her strength – it shows thatshe is going to break the chains all by herself. Beyoncé refuses to let her freedom rot in hell and herportrayal of her strength gives hope to other people to also stand up and become empowered. The poeticdevices here are hyperbole because she is exaggerating, but it paints a clear picture for the listener andthere is a lot of metaphors in the chorus too. Black people may not be enslaved right now, but they arestill oppressed and discriminated against through systemic racism.CHORUS:“Freedom! Freedom! I can't move, Freedom, cut me loose! Freedom! Freedom! Where areyou? 'Cause I need freedom too! I break chains all by myself, Won't let my freedom rot in hell, Hey! I'makeep running, 'Cause a winner don't quit on themselves”