Comparing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Sia’s Alive (PART 2)

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.



7 Replies to “Comparing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Sia’s Alive (PART 2)”

  1. What an intersting comparison! I must admit that when I first saw the title I was perplexed, but I was in fact pleasantly surprise. It was a good idea to compare Shelley’s story with this modern song as it helps with the understanding of the Creature’s characteristics. The elements you used to make the comparison were well-thought and interesting. Thank you for sharing this, keep up the good posts!

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    1. Thank you Amélie for your good comments. We believe that the lyrics of Sia’s song are easy to understand and concise when it comes to describing Frankenstein. We are glad you liked this post. Feel free to tell us if you found any other songs that could illustrate themes and characteristics found in Shelley’s work.


  2. Wow this post is beyond great. The similarity is just amazing and it really is fascinating to see all the modern references to frankenstein. I read this book numerous times and I am always looking for more modern references. Adding this one to the list !


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