Concrete Angel

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Concrete Angel
Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, seen what they’ve seen, felt what they’ve felt, and then maybe you will understand why they do what they do.” Martina McBride released a song called “Concrete Angel”. This was her way of reaching out to the public as part of an awareness for child abuse. Child abuse is a lot more than the physical abuse. Physical abuse is a lot easier to notice and detect because the evidence is on the outside. However, those bruises will eventually fade away. The emotional abuse is what leaves permanent scars on the heart. It hurts the inside of a person, what is not seen by others (Helpguide). Child abuse can happen to children of any age, race, or social class.
Therefore, it can occur at any point during their lives. Even as a person gets older they could experience domestic abuse. There are different kinds of abuse such as; emotional, physical, neglect, and sexual (Helpguide). Just because you do not see bruises or broken bones does not mean there is no abuse in the child’s life. On the contrary, if you see bruises on a child do not just assume they “fell” or were in an “accident”. The lyrics in “Concrete Angel” not only had an emotional impact on the listeners but the music video did as well. The lyrics matched up perfectly with the video. This music video uses imagery, foreshadowing, personification, and tragedy to portray that child abuse is unfortunate and can be prevented if peers speak up and don’t ignore what they see.

The Author
Martina McBride started her country singing career in 1990. She was given the opportunity to open for Garth Brooks on one of his concert tours. She started out growing up on a dairy farm in Kansas until she got married and moved to Nashville in 1990 to begin her music

career. In 1992, she came out with her debut…...

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