Analytical Essay for Belonging - James Blunt "No Bravery"

By Jessica Lawrence

Ones sense of belonging contributes to their sense of identity, their relationships and processes of acceptance and understanding. An intrinsic sense of belonging transcends all physical connections, with the notion of not belonging bringing fear and isolation. The song “No Bravery” written by James Blunt, whilst he was serving in the British Army in Kosovo, is a very powerful and dramatic song highlighting the devastation of war and the isolation of the people it affects.

The song lyrics raise issues of not belonging, isolation and disconnection through the people affected by war, both the soldiers that are fighting and the families that are driven away. The line “he has been here” is used as a metaphor for war and the chaos and destruction it inflicts on the people involved. Blunts observation on the futility of war and the chaos brought about by human greed depict the disconnection of humans through brutality and atrocious acts like “Wives and daughters cut and raped”.

Referring “he” as a pronoun and giving it some sense of personification adds depth and a sense of something claiming responsibility for what has been done. The ‘he’ adds a human trait to the war making it more volatile and disgraceful.

The use of the word ‘yes’ in “yes, he has been here” enforces such brutality and allows the listener to understand the hatred behind such acts and how this can affect the lives and identities of those involved. It also creates a dramatic end to the song by highlighting and reinforcing that “he” has caused all the destruction and chaos.

James Blunt was raised in an environment that preached that the freedoms of life are worth dying for. It contrast the soldiers of the war are taking this freedom away from the people through acts of violence and destruction.   The people are seen as outcasts and are treated like they do not have the right to live. These inhumane acts cause the...