A Song Wall What is the meaning behind "I see a little silhouetto of a man"? Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen - A Song Wall

What is the meaning behind “I see a little silhouetto of a man”? Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

  • by imrk
  • March 25, 2023

This line refers to the ambiguity surrounding the persona’s new identity as he figuratively dies (“goodbye everybody”), leaving his old self behind. “Silhouett[es]” by definition are vague outlines that represent such uncertainty, while “little” could refer to the lacking agency he has over his life. Additionally, the backing light of a silhouette could express the hope associated with this new chapter. Furthermore, the line likely depicts the “Scaramouche” of the proceeding line (i.e. a clown of early 16th-century professional theatre possessing some villainous qualities). Therefore, the silhouette could simultaneously depict the persona and the Scaramouche , highlighting his perceived similarities with the clown. Interestingly (but perhaps unrelated), Scaramouche was often beaten by Harlequin (another 16th-century character) for his “cowardly” and “boasting” nature. Perhaps, the persona compares his own societal subjugation to that of the relationship between Scaramouche and Harlequin. From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ official music video Harlequin and Scaramouche representation