Yeah, I’m satisfied with my choice of a Hamilton song to analyze.
I had a lot of fun picking through Satisfied, but I must say not nearly as much as I have enjoyed the concept and structure of this project. I know that I have absorbed much more through this style of learning then I would have had we pulled out textbooks and tried to remember names, dates, and events.

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Courtesy of The Odyssey

 

 

Courtesy of the New York Times

Courtesy of the New York Times

Satisfied brings out an emphasis on Hamilton’s relationships with the Schuyler sisters, and the conflicts that they create.

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Characters
Angelica: Begins as the sister and maid of honour of the bride, Eliza, then progresses to reveal her past with Hamilton, her love, extreme intelligence and great sacrifice. “So this is what it’s like to match wits with someone at your level?” We really get to know Angelica, and just how fast and competent she is. This comes back later in the musical, when she in a way taunts Hamilton for losing her.

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Hamilton: Is Flirtatious to Angelica, and then seems equally happy to be with Eliza when he is introduced to her. He appears to be quite interested in marrying into high society. “You strike me as a woman who has never been satisfied” Hamilton is presented as a player, and he is noted for having notable eyes and being rather attractive, to the Schuyler sisters at least.

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Eliza: Falls in love at first sight with Hamilton as her sister does, but is wed to him in the end. “Helpless!” She is a side character in this song, but in the previous one it is clear that she is in the foreground of Hamilton’s life, and is an important character.

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Themes
Sacrifice: Angelica sacrifices her love for Hamilton for many reasons, prominently her sister’s matched affection for the penniless man. She also sacrifices for her place in society and her responsibility as eldest child. “Maybe that’s why I introduce him to Eliza, now that’s his bride”

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Wits and Intelligence: It is made clear that both Hamilton and Angelica are of incredibly high intelligence, and perhaps have to potential to ‘satisfy’ each other in a way that seems quite unachievable any other way. It shows the importance and desire of individuals to interact with people that they can connect with on a higher level. “So this is what it’s like to match wits with someone at your level?”

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Everything has a deeper or alternate meaning: At the beginning of the song, it appears that Angelica’s toast is a typical on of a bridesmaid, but once we hear the story it becomes clear that each if her words was planned carefully to give meaning that only Hamilton would understand. “May you always be satisfied”

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Other Connections:
The sacrifice that Angelica made for the people she loved reminded me of Hillary Clinton and her past. Clinton was incredibly intelligent, as well as a gifted speaker with great political potential, much like Schuyler. When Hillary met Bill Clinton and recognised his potentials and aspirations, she sacrificed her own assets and image to better his chance of success and make the most of the opportunities presented to him, as to ensure that he does not throw away his shot, perhaps.

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Personal Connections:
Sacrifice is definitely the main theme of Satisfied to me, certainly the most emphasized. That is part of my attraction to this song, it’s deeper meaning of putting others before you. In terms of the musicality, I love the mystical and romantic feel in the beginning, and the growing intensity, to transition back into the lighter part at the end, adding layers to the lyrics. I also love the way that Lin Manuel Miranda represents intelligence and competence with raps, and how Angelica is in that sense the most powerful female in the play. Her rhymes are complex and her lyrics threaded with meaning just asking to be interpreted.

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To find out more about track 10, ‘Helpless’, check out Lucas’ post
For more on track 12, ‘The Story of Tonight (Reprise)’, check out Sam’s post