It is quite complete in its treatment of the character — so much so, in fact, that it will help to lay the groundwork of further explorations. The motif of talking to children becomes a central part of some of Eminem’s work, but it is clear that at every avenue, Eminem is clearly and undeniably on the side of the child.Through all the nightmare worlds built in his lyrics, defending children is sometimes the sole focus of his lyrics, whether he is defending them from a corrupting society that he himself embodies in Slim Shady or from their own parents.
Stan himself is a fan who idolizes the surface level understandings of Eminem.
He does not see the irony of the Slim Shady character.
There is Eminem, the frontman of the Trinity, full of vitriol and braggadocio, the latter of which is, frankly, rightly earned.
This is the Eminem of “Soldier” and “Rap God.” There is, arguably, the rapper Marshall Mathers — the argument being that this person is distinct from the Eminem persona, which is an argument for another essay — who raps with more vulnerability and relies more on autobiography.
Before this first verse on “My Name Is” is over, Eminem describes several instances of sexual violence, one instance of self-harm, references celebrity three times, and announces ominously: “I don’t give a fuck, God sent me to piss the world off.” A reader will see just how prescient of a line this will become.
Most notably, the last lines of the song before the final hook make it clear that the primary function of Slim Shady is to act as a form of performative catharsis, both for artist and listener, when he states: A later analysis of Slim Shady as catharsis will draw on lines such as these, but a larger body of evidence must first be compiled if reasonable extrapolations and interpretations are to be justified.
For instance, in the climax of Stan’s rage and obsession, he poses to Eminem the question: “Hey, Slim, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare me to drive?
” This is a direct emulation of Slim Shady on “My Name Is”where he asks the listener the exact same question.
This is the Eminem of “Mockingbird” and “Headlights.” Lastly, there is the focus of this essay, Slim Shady, the sadistic, often evil, alter ego of the rapper.
This is the Eminem of “My Name Is” and “Same Song and Dance.”What this essay will explore is the function of the Slim Shady persona.