Take Me To Church Essay

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The song “Take Me to Church” by Hozier has recently become very popular. Hozier is a twenty-four year old artist from Ireland. Before proceeding with this essay if you have not seen the music video I would highly suggest you watch it in order to obtain a deeper understanding. The lyrics and the music video have been evoking massive controversy all over the world. Many people love the song and everything it stands for and on the other side you have a group of people who condemn it and want to eradicate it from our society. The song sounds like a hymn, almost to the point where it is not a song anymore it’s a prayer and an anthem for those who are being oppressed because of their humanity. The lyrics of “Take Me to Church” is a metaphor comparing religion with a lover. This metaphor is the root of most of the controversy about Hozier’s song. In order to start analyzing this metaphor, we must explore how it works. In the section Criticism of Metaphor on page 98 of the English 5 Reader it discusses the difference between the focus of the metaphor and the vehicle. This song is comparing religion to a lover so religion is the focus and the lover is the vehicle. “Hozier explained the song's meaning to The Cut he said. ‘An…show more content…
“Every Sunday's getting more bleak /A fresh poison each week /'We were born sick,' you heard them say it”(Hozier- Take me To Church). He could be seen as accusing the Church of poisoning people with what they are preaching and accusing their sexuallity of being a sickness that can somehow be cured when it is really just a natural part of life. “I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies /I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife”(Hozier- Take Me To Church). Here Hozier could be accusing the Church of preaching lies and condemning people for their sins instead of forgiving them, but this was not his
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