"The Unknown Soldier" by The Doors

Tone Analysis

Imagery , Diction, Syntax, and Details Analysis

Wait until the war is over
And we're both a little older
The unknown soldier

Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Unborn living, living, dead
Bullet strikes the helmet's head

And it's all over
For the unknown soldier
It's all over
For the unknown soldier

Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Comp'nee
Halt
Preeee-zent!
Arms!

Make a grave for the unknown soldier
Nestled in your hollow shoulder
The unknown soldier

Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Bullet strikes the helmet's head

And, it's all over
The war is over
It's all over
The war is over
Well, all over, baby
All over, baby
Oh, over, yeah
All over, baby
Wooooo, hah-hah
All over
All over, baby
Oh, woa-yeah
All over
All over

Heeeeyyyy

Imagery, Syntax, Diction Analysis

Imagery

The line sung "Bullet strikes the helmets head and its all over for the unknown soldier", sticks out because it makes you visualize many of the atrocities of Vietnam including someone getting shot in the head and dying.

Syntax

In the song he draws out "unknown soldier" to make the listener know that it is important. He also keeps repeats the line "And it's all over for the unknown soldier" two times to make the listener feel sorry for someone they don't necessarily know. This shows that many people where lost in the Vietnam war and were just expendable to the governments eyes.

Diction

The use of diction is great in this song and there are many lines we could use but the one that sticks out is the one that says "Make a grave for the unknown soldier." This goes along with the syntax example by saying many soldiers were lost during the Vietnam war and many were unknown to American citizens.  

Tone Analysis

Music: The music sounds detached. The lyrics do not match up with the cheerful sounds.

Lyrics: The Lyrics are grim and dark. They talk about the death of many people fighting for their government and the citizens not knowing who they are.

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