The Formalistic Approach
Focus on literary elements
o Literature viewed to discuss man
and its nature
o Presents man as essentially rational
Draws upon psychoanalytic theories
to understand more fully the text,
the writer and the reader.
Expression man within a
given social situation.
o Elucidate reacting-response
o Seek how the piece has
The song is a commentary on the double
standards that that often exist between men
and women and a story of role reversal. She
explores what it would be like if she did all
the things he did to her every day.
The woman in the song has been taken for granted but
at the same time she doesn't want to let go and lose
everything that she once had. It's unclear at the end
whether she is final about not taking him back or if
there is a note of hope that someday he'll realize what
he's been doing to her and become a better man.