Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind'

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The piece of art which I choose to write about is a song which garnered a fair amount of attention in 1997. Elton John’s rewritten “Candle in the Wind” has unequivocally imbued melancholy within the hearts of many after the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales.5 This song has also been, on various occasions, dedicated to people who have passed on due to medical reasons. For example, this song was originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, a famous actress and sex symbol who dies of drug overdose in 1962. The “Candle in the Wind” represented her short, yet eventful life.1 The song has many references to Marilyn Monroe. "Goodbye Norma Jean”, the first line of the song, refers to her birth name: Norma Jean Mortenson.1 Elton John must have understood the stress of being the limelight media attention, and hence felt Monroe had a hard time leading her own personal life. Over and above that, Elton John also dedicated this song to Ryan White (a high profile AIDS sufferer around 1990).5…show more content…
A candle in the wind is constantly under threat of being extinguished. Despite such hostility, the tenacity of one to battle adversities is symbolised by the flickering candle light. The wind signifies the harshness of life, the twists of fate, the blows life throws at you.2 The candle, on the other hand, is the light of life that is constantly thriving to stay alive.2 However, death is inevitable. Every candle eventually has to have its flame put out. Grievance experienced by the loved ones of the deceased is the resultant chain reaction, which can be ephemeral or

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