Themes in Worn Out
Love as Martyrdom: The speaker continually emphasizes that she wants to leave the relationship, but not for her own sake. She wants to leave because she believes she is not good enough for her partner. Even though leaving clearly hurts, she wants her partner to be in a more worthy relationship. She acts as a martyr by sacrificing herself for the sake of another, by hurting her heart so that her partner can be happy.
The Dangers of Love: The speaker mentions being “struck” by both love and betrayal. In both cases, the connotation of “struck” is negative. The person either falls obsessively in love with another or is betrayed and “struck” with all the hurt that accompanies it. In both cases, love is seen as dangerous or violent.