Essay about Senseless Crime Of Bruce Springsteen 's Nebraska

841 Words 4 Pages
Senseless Crime in Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” Through the use of first-person narrative, Bruce Springsteen’s song “Nebraska” recounts the crimes of a murderer leading up to his impending execution. Inspired by the murders of Charles Weather and Caril Anne Fugate (Anonymous), Springsteen positions himself as Charles Weather and his audience as the auditors of the song, allowing them to garner an insight into the perspective of the criminal. The song itself takes on the lyric form of a subgenre of poetry known as the dramatic monologue. Such poems “tend to offer us a window into an entire, complex psychology” (Mays 463). However, this song seems to suggest there is no complex reasoning behind the speaker’s motives due to an ambiguous closing line stating, “Well, sir, I guess there’s just a meanness in this world” (Line 24). The song utilizes a display of little to no rhyme and enjambed lines to advance the suggestion of no complex reasoning for the speaker’s crimes. In doing so, the song compels the audience to go against their innate response to find meaning within situations we cannot fathom and accept that human action is not always sensible. To begin with, the utilization of first-person narrative places the audience into the position of the auditor, setting them up to garner an insight into the speaker’s crimes. The speaker of this monologue commonly refers to his auditor as “sir” (Lines 3, 11, 18, and 24) which suggests that the auditor is of a higher social…

Related Documents