Five For Fighting's Song 'The Riddle'

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Five for Fighting’s song “The Riddle” displays archetypes found in the Symbolic Cycle. The speaker traces the stages of life throughout the song- from death and a new life (a rebirth) to youth hood. The song depicts the major theme that life is an uncompleted journey when the speaker states “There are secrets that we still have left to find, there have been mysteries from the beginning of time.” This shows how humans, during their short lifetime on earth, are on a journey from experience towards knowledge. However, the journey is never truly complete since there are still unsolved mysteries. Another piece of the symbolic cycle that is highlighted in the lyrics is 3 of the 4 stages of life in the cycle- death, rebirth, and youth. “There was

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