This article continues the comparison between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Sia’s Alive that you can find here.
In the first article, the first two verses were analysed in comparison with the book. Now let’s take a look at the third verse.
“I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don’t change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you’re taught to cry into your pillow
But I survived” (Sia – Alive Lyrics)
The first line is easy to link with the creature’s feelings as it treats of its ugliness and monstruous appearance. The “place where all demons go” expresses his feeling of alienation and loneliness, justifying why he lives in the woods, because he does not belong in the city with other human beings. The song then goes on and talks about the wind that does not change, which means there can never, to the monster’s opinion in the middle of the story, be a change of wind, like the expression says. The creature believes there is nothing that can change his appearance and place in society. He belives he can never build a better life and enjoy relationships, family, working, etc., hence the absence of grow from the ground. The fourth line is actually very straight forward: Frankenstein’s creation lies to himself by believing something good can come out of its existence. Since he has no one to talk to, the “cry in the pillow” can refer to his lack of people to talk to about his feelings, how he is confined to himself.
The last line, repeated in most of the verse, shows that once again, the creature holds on and survives in this cruel world in which he is not accepted.
The following two lines are the chorus of Sia’s song and are said many times:
“I’m still breathing
I’m alive” (Sia – Alive Lyrics)
These lines are the monster’s way of saying how he will not give up and how he is still standing after all the hate and alienation he faces.
“Sia – Alive Lyrics.” MetroLyrics. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.
Shelley, M. Frankenstein. New York: Dover Thrift Editions, 2009. Open WorldCat. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.