See, I'm just like you in a way

from Eminem (Ft. Dido) – Stan Lyrics on Rap Genius


Stan does whatever he can to prove that he and Eminem are alike, even if most are generalizations that can be said about any two people.

This obsessive attempt to identify with their idol is also typical amongst fans in general. This way they can think that their wasted life “is not so bad”, as the hook says, since they are similar to someone who succeeded. The “just” adverb amplifies this identification and makes it extreme. Since Stan begins feeling resentment toward Em, he is also beginning hating himself in the same time, which, amongst other elements, will lead him to suicide.

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