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Eleanor Rigby All Lonely The theme of this poem is certainly not subtle its all about lonely people Ah look at all the lonely people Ah look at all the lonely people 1-2 These are the opening lines of what would become a number one hit song for The Beatles back in 1966 John Lennon and Paul McCartney the writers and bandleaders made the theme very clear for the reader and listener right from the start of the poem The poem has two characters Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie These two characters are connected to one another through one main source the church Its where Father McKenzie preaches and Eleanor Rigby works as a custodian or some sort of church worker This is not however immediately apparent to the reader unless later looked over more closely The poem reads Eleanor Rigby Picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been 3-4 So obviously she cares for the church in one sense or another But who besides a church worker is Eleanor Rigby To find this the reader must look deeper than just the churchyard I feel that she is a very lonely woman who lives in a dream world where she wants to wed and live happily ever after This dream is further developed in the somewhat confusing line Wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door Who is it for 7 This face is probably the one that she puts on to look beautiful The jar is probably a representation of the makeup jar from the which the beautiful face came Id say that she most likely waits by her door each night for some gentleman caller to come by and visit her But it seems that every night she gets all prettied up once again for nothing No one ever comes by to see her Meanwhile there is another pitiful character Father McKenzie Though
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