Love Song Analysis

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The love song I relate the most to is a very raw and emotional song that shows the darker side of a relationship in which too many experience and too little understand. The song, “Love the Way You Lie,” is by Eminem featuring Rihanna and together they demonstrate the dynamics of an abusive relationship. I chose this song for that very reason. I have had only two serious relationships in my life and both being extremely unhealthy ended with me in the hospital. This song has a lot of meaning to me and is the best way to describe how there really is a thin line between love and hate. My interpretation of what is communicated through this song is that both lovers feel trapped in this abusive relationship because they are blinded by love. They know it should end, but both refuse to walk away on their hope that things will get better. The love they feel is just as strong as the rage inside them leading to the many physical altercations. It becomes a cycle of fighting, breaking up, making up, and then fighting again over and over. While Eminem shows regret in the things he has done, he does not want nor try to change what he does to repair the relationship. I feel they both know the relationship should end; however, they both refuse to walk away almost as if they thrive on the pain and drama. In Rihanna’s verse her voice reflects the sadness she feels of what the relationship has become, but in her actual words she reveals that she likes the pain and will always go back to him regardless of his lies. It is the ultimate love-hate relationship. Eminem describes this perfectly when he says, “High off of love, drunk from my hate, it’s like I’m huffing paint and I love it the more I suffer, I suffocate. And right before I’m about to drown, she resuscitates me. She f-ing hates me and I love it.” I feel they both are overwhelmed with their emotions. The jealousy, depression,
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