DOI: 10.5176/2301-3710_JMComm13.45

Authors: Marcia Alesan Dawkins

This electronic document is about finding the spiritual message(s) communicated through guilt-inducing behavior and redemptive strategies in Eminem’s lyrics. Analysis confirmed critics’ claims that Eminem’s lyrics are filled with violent acts, sexual content, substance abuse, and insulting behaviors. However, analysis also confirmed that such critics are not completely informed. Results indicate that Eminem’s songs can be considered spiritual dramas that present persuasive strategies for coping with guilt-inducing events and suffering encountered in his and his audiences’ lives.

Keywords: dramatism, Eminem, spirituality, guilt redemption cycle, music, culture, rap, hip hop, communication


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