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Old Man

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“Old Man”

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.
Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.
Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

 

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn’t mean that much to me
To mean that much to you.

I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I’m all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

Assignment:

1.  After listening to the song and reading the lyrics, the question becomes, what do the words tell us about this character, the singer Neil Young?   Answer the questions below discussing characterization to tell us in-depth about this character, Neil Young:

 

Defining Characterization
Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
 Characterization is revealed through direct characterization and indirect characterization.
Direct Characterization tells the audience what the personality of the character is.

Example: “Old man look at my life, Twenty four, and there’s so much more”

Explanation: We know that the character is young, just 24 years old.

Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of a character. There are five different methods of indirect characterization:  STEAL

Speech:  What does the character say? How does the character speak?

Thoughts:  What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?

Effect on others toward the toward the Character:  What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?

What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?

 Actions:  What does the character do? How does the character behave?

Looks:  What does the character look like? How does the character dress?