John Henry Meaning

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John Henry is a ballad. The repeated lines at the end of each stanza and the often said “Lord, Lord” make John Henry sound like a song, but the song is very clearly telling a story. I like the final verse, where we find out that the steam drill made only nine feet, but John Henry made fifteen. It really shows John’s dedication to his family, to get them some money. On the part of the man who created the steam drill, it shows that you shouldn't be too proud, because someone might unexpectedly do better. I feel like the moral of this story is that you can do anything, as long as you work very hard. Of course, there’s no way a man could drill further than a steam drill, but I like the message. The industrial plant greatly expanded in America
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