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Brave by: Sara Bareilles

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Michelle Figueroa

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Transcript of Brave by: Sara Bareilles

Brave by: Sara Bareilles
Figurative Language
What does brave mean?
Dictionary definition:
(adj) possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
Doing something you're afraid to do
Conquering your fears
“Bravery is not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”
–Nelson Mandela

Are there any words that you need to be defined?

The repetition of the same sound in a series of words for effect
But I Wonder What Would happen if you
Fallen For the Fear

A literary device where the speaker addresses an animate, non-existing, or absent person or thing
Sara is addressing a person who may or may not be there; it can also be argued that she is speaking generally, and it's not directed at one person specifically.
Informal everyday language

Everyday life language
No words need to be defined; casual language
The repetition of similar/identical consonants in words closely following each other
"You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebodies lack of love" (lines 2-4)
Dramatic Monologue:
A poem in the form of a speech or narrative by an imagined person, in which the speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character while describing a particular situation or series of events.
It can be argued that Sara is addressing a person to be brave and is taking directly to them. Or she could be speaking in general when she says "Everybody's been there
Everbody's been stared down by the enemy"
Stands for something else. Authors use bigger, more complex symbols to represent ideas

Rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used
"Won't do

you any good, Did you think it would?" (lines 41&42)
"Nothing's gonna hurt you the way that words do" (line 6)
Exaggeration to absurd degree for emphasis
"You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug" (line 2)
Compare one thing, person, experience (etc) to another
Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live"(line 31)
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in" (Line 32)
A phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza; chorus.
"Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave"
Giving animals, objects, or even ideas, "human" qualities
"When they settle 'neath your skin"(line 7)
"Sometimes a shadow wins" (line 9
Show me how big your brave is"(line 33)
Other Figurative Language:
"And let the words fall out" (Lines 12,15,35,47,49)
"Your history of silence" (Line 40)
Let your words be anything but empty" (Line 43)
Fallen for the fear" (Line 27)
Stop holding your tongue" (line 30)
Class opinions on Meaning
Thoughts and Opinions?

The emotional feelings aroused by a work
The song connects to your emotions
Blank Verse/ Free verse
Unrhymed lines
Irregular rhyme scheme
Rhyme Scheme
Our opinions
We still think the song is about conquering a fear
Standing up for yourself
Sara is challenging the listener to be courageous and engage in acts of bravery on a daily level
Sara Bareilles
December 7th 1979
Eureka, California
Raised Catholic
Attended Communication Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles
Worked at Cafes singing
What we think now
We can see Sara's point of view and agree with her
We also see that the song can be about conquering any form of fear
The song is a symbol and allegory for coming out
What does the class think?
Have your opinions changed?
Song Origins
Co-written with Jack Antonoff (Fun)
Friend of Sara was struggling with coming out
Quotes about the Song
"Watching that process made me consider how much of ourselves we feel the need to hide from each other on a daily basis. It made me want to express support and encouragement for the idea of speaking out for your authentic self... whomever that may be"
"Music is the ultimate unifier. It has a way of elevating and giving voice to what can be found in the collective consciousness and in its best moments, it encourages people to come together"
She adds "When people find common ground with each other, we come closer to seeing how similar we all actually are. That breeds understanding, compassion, and love. That's the kind of change I would like to see."
Information sources
Quick study academic literary terms outline
Images from Google Images
It seems as though Sara's goal is to let the listener know that it's okay to be different, or be an outcast, but avoiding the tough situations and not being brave during hard times only makes the situation worse, whatever that situation may be
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