Fortunate Son Rhetorical Analysis

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Over 1,500 tons of napalm were dropped on the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Roughly 58,000 American Soldiers died during the United States involvement in the war. “Hell no, I ain't gonna go” and “Fortunate Son” are two American classics that concern the Vietnam War. The culture was alive during this time and music had a fat influence on peoples’ thoughts as it still does to this day. Both songs use metaphors and repetition to create a persona describing a general hatred towards the war and the government; however, they are intended for different audiences. “Fortunate Son” uses metaphors such as “Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand” (9) to describe how the rich were less likely to get drafted than the poor. Fogerty, songwriter, and composer, uses this metaphor to …show more content…
“Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand” (9) is used to explain how class differences played a big part on who was and who wasn’t drafted. The metaphor establishes a clear anti-establishment persona; Fogerty was not one for the war and “Fortunate Son” was his way of telling the masses. “it ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no, no it ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no” (8-12) The constant repetition makes it absurdly clear that Fogerty wasn’t born into wealth. Therefore, Fogerty is more likely to get drafted due to his lack of wealth. ”it ain’t me, it ain't me, I ain’t no senator’s son, son It ain’t me, it ain’t me I ain’t no fortune one, no” (5-8) Fogerty utilizes repetition to establish an antiestablishment persona. He’s saying that if you aren’t