What is a song that meaningfuly connects with elements found in the following part of Fahrenheit 451?The part when Montag goes into his house and he burns all his stuff: bedroom, mildreds stuff,...

What is a song that meaningfuly connects with elements found in the following part of Fahrenheit 451?

The part when Montag goes into his house and he burns all his stuff: bedroom, mildreds stuff, the tv.

How do the lyrics/melody connect with characterization,themes,or atmosphere?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am liking Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" here.  I think that part of it is the mood the song creates.  I think you can use the Waters' guitar solo at the end of the song as a great backdrop for Montag burning everything and destroying what was once his past life.  The song also operates on a couple of levels. On one hand, perhaps, Montag was "comfortably numb" with his job as a fireman and his life before he began to wake up and understand what was being done and his response to it.  Another line of logic could suggest that Montag has now, after his realization of things, become "comfortably numb" in that he will no longer acquiesce to what is expected of him.  He has changed and has become permanently different, numb to the pressures exacted on him by Beatty and others.  I think that the moment of him breaking things from his former life is something that might be best captured with Pink Floyd's musical interpretation of alienation and isolation, of intense feeling within a trapped setting.  This might be something that could fit very well here.

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