F451: The Arsonist [Option B]

IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN

The conclusion of Ray Bradbury’s FAHRENHEIT 451 is exciting, thought-provoking, and truly incendiary. Upon arriving at the end of the novel, a reader is left with the task of sifting through the implications of the final section: Burning Bright. While there are many different strategies for conducting literary analysis, some find it helpful to pair a piece of fiction with music!

If you are intrigued by the prospect of analyzing FAHRENHEIT 451 alongside Thrice’s THE ARSONIST (a song of the most rockin’ sort), click the link and engage with OPTION B!

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THE TASK: First, listen to THE ARSONIST (found in the video embedded below) and read along with the lyrics (found HERE). As you listen and read, consider the potential narrative/symbolic/thematic connections between Bradbury’s work and Thrice’s song. Then, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.

PROMPTS
A) How do you interpret the lyrics of THE ARSONIST? What narrative is formed throughout the course of the song? What symbolic significance do the lyrics carry?

B) Describe the music of THE ARSONIST. What instruments are used? How would you describe the vocals? What tones are employed? How do the musical qualities impact the narrative/message of the song?

C) How might the lyrics of THE ARSONIST be said to describe elements from FAHRENHEIT 451? Choose a lyrical excerpt and compare it to a passage from the text (citing page numbers in the process!).

D) Imagine that a new adaptation of FAHRENHEIT 451 is being filmed and you’ve been asked to choose a song for the trailer. What song would you choose? What about this selection makes it a suitable choice? (REMINDER: The music in trailers often provides viewers insight into the movie’s emotional content.)

21 thoughts on “F451: The Arsonist [Option B]

  1. A. I interpreted the lyrics to be about a revolution and how in order to find the truth and start over, everything must be burned and forgotten about. I’m not exactly positive what narrative is formed through the lyrics but I think the narrator is a person who is looking for revolution in change. If I had to connect it to F451 I’d say they were similar to Montag. Or it could be the opposite and it could be the firemen who want to burn all the books so that no one is confused about the truth
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    B. Personally I was not a fan of the song The Arsonist. It left me feeling a little frightened. I’d describe it as heavy death metal. It was very loud and confusing to listen to. The vocals were loud and scream-like. The use of electric guitars and loud drum banging made me get the idea that it was supposed to send a violent message.
    C. I think that the lyrics follow the same idea as in the book where the city needs to be completely destroyed and rebuild up in order for the truth to emerge. “We will burn it down and build it again, what was buried in flame. Burn it down and build it again from the bricks that remain” reminds of the last section of the book when Montag and his new group are going to fix the destroyed city, mostly when a man uses a comparison with the Phoenix. “Every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we’re doing the same thing.”

    D. If I had to choose a theme song I’d probably go with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. To me it seems like the lyrics are referring to change and a revolution like in F451. It uses the lines “welcome to the new age”. Also it seems to have relatively violent background music but not as bad at The Arsonist.

  2. A) I interpret the lyrics to be about finding the truth by overthrowing law or lies. The song is about burning down everything to find truth and hope that still remains. The narrative of the song is about finding hope and starting over because the singer is displeased. The song is related to F451 and Montag. In the song, things are being burned down, which is Montag’s job. However, the song wants to burn things down to find truth, Montag wants to stop burning things to find truth.

    B) The Arsonist used electric guitars, drums, and computer effects throughout the song. The song was dark, and gave me images of buildings burning in the night, and bright red and orange flames. The song gives a dark message by the tone of singing, as it is low and loud at different points. The song leaves a dark, and angry feeling.

    C) The lyrics can related to the book because everything needs to be burnt and recreated to find truth. In the book, books are burnt so that people to not question the “truth” and everything remains in check. “There is truth beneath the floorboards;
    there is hope in brick and stone. But they tell me just to shut my mouth;leave well enough alone.” This passage from the song reminds me of Montag hiding books. Montag hides books in the ventilator grill, and they hold things unknown by the public, or the truth. Montag thinks he shouldn’t ask questions because they other firemen will be suspicious of him.

    D) I would chose the song Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. The song sounds a little angry by the use of guitars and drums. It is also a little spooky in parts, as is F451. The song talks about rebellion, and it makes me think of Montag holding his own books and then killing Beatty.

    1. Seven Nation Army is an awesome song.

      (Sorry about this comment, I really love this song, it’s cool that you chose it.)

  3. A) The lyrics seem to be about revealing the truth (“there’s truth beneath the floorboards/there is hope in brick and stone”) that’s been hidden, and the lengths that someone (the singer in this case) will go to to show people what things are really like. There’s also the “build it again from the bricks that remain” line, which could possibly have something to do with recreating the “city” or whatever that is a metaphor for (if it is a metaphor-it could be a literal city, too. There’s one song I know that might or might not be about the housing market) using what was revealed.

    B) There’s definitely a lot of guitar and drums here. The vocals are a little shouty, too, although there are parts where they slow down. The sound reminded me a little bit of a more extreme Thousand Foot Krutch, actually. The tone seems fairly angry, and a bit dark. The lyrics seem to be saying that the singer knows the truth, and no one believes him, and maybe he’s frustrated and has decided to use some more extreme measures to reveal the truth. He sounds angry, and possibly frustrated.

    C) This song definitely fits the book. Particularly the end, when Montag and the others decide to help rebuild the city (“and build again, from the bricks that remain”). The group that he ends up with at the end, and Faber could be descirbed with the lines “there are still good shepherds scattered/but they’re far between and few”-there are some people remaining who know the truth about the society in the book, but not a lot, and they’re spread out.

    D) The song I would choose is “Burn It Down” by Linkin Park, or “Speed the Collapse” by Metric. “Burn It Down” for a few reasons-the title, for starters, is appropriate, and the lyrics could relate to the history of their dystopic society, and the beginning of the book

    (To be continued)

  4. A) The song seems to be about revealing the truth by whatever means necessary. The lines “there is truth beneath the floorboards/there is hope in brick and stone” point out that there’s something past what people are being told (like, say, books are for burning), and the singer seems immensely frustrated with this, and the fact that no one is listening to him (“but they tell me just to shut my mouth/leave well enough alone”), even though he knows the truth.

    B) There’s a lot of guitar and drums here. The voice is pretty shouty, and the song also has some angry/frustrated themes to it. It’s also very intense, but does a good job at conveying its message and lyrics. If you set those lyrics to, say, a Taylor Swift song, it wouldn’t be half as good, because it just wouldn’t work. I wasn’t a huge fan of the song, but it wasn’t bad. The guitar was especially good.

    C) There are few cases where the lyrics of this song could be used to describe elements of the book. The line “There are still good shepherds scattered/but they’re far between and few” is very similar to Faber and the group Montag ends up with at the end of Fahrenheit-there are a few people left who don’t think that burning books is right, and/or remember the time when firemen put out fires rather than starting them. “We will burn it down and build it again/what was buried in flame/burn it down and build it again from the bricks that remain” reminds me of the ending of the book, where Montag and the group decide to go help rebuild the destroyed city.

    D) The song I would use is “Burn It Down” by Linkin Park. It would have less to do with the plot of the book and more with the setting, though-The chorus, “We’re building it up/to break it back down/we’re building it up/to burn it down/we can’t wait/to burn it to the ground”, is similar to the firemen and their relationship to books and history. Humanity built it up, and the firemen are burning it down. “I wanted to fix this/but couldn’t stop from tearing it down” could reference Montag’s increasing dissatisfaction with his life/job/marriage, and the fact that he can’t do much about it until later on.

  5. A.) The Arsonist is sung in first person about someone whose desire is to burn down the city they reside in. The way interpret this song is that society has become hopeless and corrupt. The people in society do not believe hardships exist. Society must be cleansed and recreated, and the only way to do this is to bunt it down. There is the slightest bit of truth and good left, but it is so little that it is nearly insignificant. The singer sings about hope and truth within the floors and walls, it’s significance relating to the sentence prior.

    B.) The music contains lead guitar, drums, bass, and perhaps a rhythm guitar. The song itself is metal rock and is very dissonant, not matching up too well with the lyrics and the singer. Though it fits, the song is about destruction and the music goes well with the lyrics.

    C.) The Arsonist describes burning and destroying a city to cleanse it, much like in Fahrenheit 451 in which the firemen burn books to cleanse society. The song also relates to the book when the singer sings of good and truth being hidden away within walls and floors, much like how Montag and other citizens hide their books away from the government.

    D.) A suitable song for a commercial trailer for Fahrenheit 451 would be Set the World on Fire by Black Veil Brides. The song describes setting the world on fire due to lies and corruption of society. It instantly made me think of the book. Not only because of the song title, but the content as well.

  6. A) The lyrics of “The Arsonist” seem to be about some sort of revolution against what is believed to be the right way of going about life. The song is all about finding hope in the the new revolution and making a change in the way things are done. They clearly don’t believe that what is going on is right, and they are promoting a change. They want to destroy everything and build it all back up from “the bricks that remain”.

    B) The music in “The Arsonist” is very fast and angry. There are drums, electric guitar, and all sorts of sound effects. It paints a picture of a burning city with fire everywhere. I think the music helps to get the message of the song across. its speed and anger promote a dark, angry, fed-up sort of feeling.

    C) These lyrics could have came right from Montag’s mouth. They are frustrated, angry and annoyed with the society they live in, and they say that “the truth is hidden beneath the floorboards”, similar to the idea of books being made illegal in Montag’s society. The books contain the truth, but people have no way to access them. Also they say about the city, “”Burn it down and build it again from the bricks that remain”. This similar to Granger’s idea of building up a new, better society after the city had demolished by the bomb.

    D) I would choose the song “Burn it Down” by Linkin Park. The song has many connections to F451, but in the chorus, Linkin Park essentially outlines the myth of ‘Phoenix’ and how Granger compares it to society. It says “We’re building it up to break it back down. We’re building it up to burn it down”. They’re building up society, just to watch it burn itself down over and over again. The song’s lyrics could have been taken straight from the plot of F451 if you ask me, and I think this song shares many themes with the book, especially the idea of burning and fire.

  7. A. The lyrics in the song “The Arsonist” mirror a individuals struggles. In the song it explains how someone believes they has found the truth of living but isn’t allowed to as they tell him to shut his mouth. They think that all that is needed is a fire to be lit to find out this truth way of living. Explaining in the lyrics, the symbolism that is carried is to re-build what has been built because they believe it has been built the wrong way and want it to be built the real way that they think of it should be.

    B. The instruments used in the Arsonist are a mixture of hard guitar and drums. The vocals along with the deep instruments sound very strong and almost screaming type of music. It sort of attacks you with the lyrics and the sounds in which the tone of the lyrics are put. They tones, instruments, and vocals make the message feel more intact as if the singer of the song is upset that he hasn’t done anything about it and that they wants revenge.

    C. In Fahrenheit 451, the same problem is within this song. The truth is being burned and Montag believes that now no one can see the truth because the truth is within the books. Montag wants everyone to be able to see the truth and have a new life with burning books not being present within his new life.

    D. If I had to choose a song I would choose “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. The chorus explains Montags view. Montag didn’t want to start the fires anymore so he was against the fires being started for the books and all Montag tried to do was stop they after reading the truths within.

  8. A. The lyrics in the song “The Arsonist” mirror a individuals struggles. In the song it explains how someone believes they has found the truth of living but isn’t allowed to as they tell him to shut his mouth. They think that all that is needed is a fire to be lit to find out this truth way of living. Explaining in the lyrics, the symbolism that is carried is to re-build what has been built because they believe it has been built the wrong way and want it to be built the real way that they think of it should be.

    B. The instruments used in the Arsonist are a mixture of hard guitar and drums. The vocals along with the deep instruments sound very strong and almost screaming type of music. It sort of attacks you with the lyrics and the sounds in which the tone of the lyrics are put. They tones, instruments, and vocals make the message feel more intact as if the singer of the song is upset that he hasn’t done anything about it and that they wants revenge.

    C. In Fahrenheit 451, the same problem is within this song. The truth is being burned and Montag believes that now no one can see the truth because the truth is within the books. Montag wants everyone to be able to see the truth and have a new life with burning books not being present within his new life.

    D. If I had to choose a song I would choose “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. Only the chorus relates to Fahrenheit 451. Montag knew that all these fires were wrong and to fight it, he read the books to find the truths that no one else could find due to the burning of the books. Montag wants the society he lived in to turn into his views and have the books be able to be read.

  9. A) The lyrics of the song “The Arsonist” are very strong. They tell a story of someone who believes he knows the truth but the people tell him to keep quiet and let it go. The narator believes that in order to find this truth and bring it to the surface they must burn the city to the ground and rebuild it. He believes that it was built the wrong way and it needs to be fixed. He loves his city and doesnt want to destroy but better yet to fix what is wrong. The symbolism of the lyrics for example “what was buried in flame.” is he wants to bury all that was wrong a build up a new improved city.

    B) “The Arsonist” is very dark and cold. The vocals are very harsh and angry. The instruments are so loud you can barely hear the vocals at times. The vocals are very angry and describe very well how the narrator feels about the situation. The song definately got my attention right away and after the hard instruments went down a little I was able to really hear the lyrics and understand the story.

    C) I think the lyrics describe very well when the idea of placing books into other firemens home comes into Montags head. He believes that in order to expose the truth he needs everyone to be guity. If everyone including the firemen were guity it could potention help in which a new place could rebuild where books were not illegal. The lyrics decribe that instance very well.

    D) I would choose the song “Radioactive” by the Imagine Dragons because the song describes how there is this control over the people and no one knows how to end it until finally an unexpected thing changes the way things usually go. It is the beginning of a new place with new ways.

  10. A) The lyrics of “The Arsonist” can be interpreted as a song about revolting and bringing back the hidden truth. The person singing has to live in secret but will do anything in their power to re build the city with his knowledge. The narrative of the song is about revolution and rebuilding as well as well as finding the truth. This song has a great significance towards Fahrenheit 451. The lyrics remind me of Montag and the firemen who burn the books so people do not have different opinions. It is basically the opposite though because Montag wants to stop the burning of books.

    B)The instruments used in The Arsonist sound like drums and electric guitars with loud noises in the background. The music was very angry and loud. The song is very dark and at some points it was frightening.The vocals of the song are almost shouted and not sung. While listening to the song I felt as though I was being yelled at. The musical qualities in the song are dark, angry and loud which reminds me of a song for a revolution. For example, at the beginning of the Beatles “Revolution” , the music is very loud and screams to get your attention.

    C) The lyrics from the song, “There is truth beneath the floorboards;
    there is hope in brick and stone” reminds me of Montag hiding books in his vent system. Behind his walls are the truths of the many books he has hidden. I immediately thought of this passage from the book when I first listened to the song because it is exactly like the book. Montag believes the books hold the truth and hides them from everybody.

    D) A song that comes to mind for a trailer of Fahrenheit 451 is the song Revolution by the Beatles. The song could be telling Montag everything is going to be okay but yet he still wants to change the world. People believe the world is fine with how it is but Montag will not stand it anymore. Also, towards the end Montag is sort of causing a revolution.

  11. A.) This song builds a variety of parallels through the book with much symbolic significance. It can be symbolized by being forced to live a specific way in a trapped society. There is a glimpse of hope hidden away and there must be a type of revolution against society in order to discover it. The song describes stripping everything to the beginning because what is happening now is completely wrong and there must be a drastic change made.

    B.) The music of the Arsonist by Thrice was pretty punk but it had more of a heavy set style. The mixture of guitar, drums, base, and vocals all were the exact antonym of gentle but they all blended together very well. You can tell the singer has a lot of passion, emotion, and expression in his voice through his furious style. The lyrics are yelled for a majority and there is a lot of anger shown through it to get the message of the song out.

    C.) The lyrics of the song have a lot of elements related to this book. The song opens up with the words, “There is truth beneath the floorboards; there is hope in brick and stone.But they tell me just to shut my mouth; leave well enough alone”. It already creates a very strong, clear impression that they’re unhappy about how everything is being run and they need to uncover the truth immediately but it is trapped. This is nearly identical to Montag’s story. He isn’t pleased at all with everything and is in a very confused state. He wants to get to the end of the fire madness and uncover the truth.

    D.) I would choose the song “Instrumental” by Old Gray for a trailer. It is a very powerful poem filled with guitars, drums, and base in the background, along with a very dark style. The poem is very emotional and angry and is about being trapped in your society. He goes on and on about how no one ever puts their foot down and they just let the higher power walk all over them. It’s about how the world has gone absolutely mad but everyone fears change.

  12. A.) The lyrics of this song depict a story someone who is fed up with how society is and sees that people do not believe that change can or will happen. He promises to see the city burn and to rebuild it the way that he wants it to be. He says that people pretend to be innocent sheep but he can see the wolves that they really are. The city must become new, be reborn from the ashes.

    B.) The music in this song is very strong and harsh. It is decided and emotional, specifically angry. Loud drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, and other such rock instruments are used to the height of their volume. The voice of the singer is very loud, scratchy, and emotional. These impact the song by giving it an almost revolutionary sound, calling for change and getting the listener emotionally involved and angry with how society is.

    C.) “We will burn it down and build it again,
    what was buried in flame.
    Burn it down and build it again from the bricks that remain.”
    -The Arsonist

    “Phoenix… [E]very time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we’re doing the same thing, over and over…”
    -Fahrenheit 451, page 163

    The Arsonist is trying to bring about a phoenix city. He wants it to burn and be reborn of the ashes.

    1. The song I would use is Let the Flames Begin by Paramor because it talks about destruction by fire fighting against it. Also talks about burning houses down.

  13. A. I interpret the lyrics of “The Arsonist” by it seems like they are trying to forget the past by burning things down, and destroying them, so they are not there anymore. In the lyrics it seems like something had happened in the past, that they do not necessarily want people to remember, so their solution is to burn down cities, and destroy buildings. The narrative of the song “The Arsonist” would be that it seems like something terrible happened, so badly that he has to burn the entire city down in order to destroy the memory of it. Basically, he wants to forget what happened in the past. The symbolic significance that the lyrics mean would be that in the book, the “firemen”, would burn books, because the books told about the history and the past, which they did not like, so they wanted to make their society better, and in order to do that they had to burn all memories from the past.

    B. The music of the arsonist is very heavy. The music was scary, and dark in a sense. Not something I would typically, listen to. The instruments in this song are guitars and drums mostly. The vocals sound like people yelling, rather than singing. The artist of this song sounds angry when singing. The musical qualities impact the message of the song because they are angry, and dark, which is the same as the message. The message talks about burning things down, and forgetting the past, which is a heavy dull topic, which is the same as the tone of the music.

    C. The lyrics of “The Arsonist” compare to Fahrenheit 451 because in the song, it says, “And I think maybe all that’s need is some gas and open flame,
    because I don’t think that any one of them believes that fire can erase their names.” This is interpreted in a way that history can be destroyed by fire, because everything will just be gone, and burned and nobody will be able to see this again. People don’t actually realize the power of fire, and that goes for the people in Fahrenheit 451 also. On page 82 it says, ” It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books.” This is showing that when the firefighters burn the books, they are burning history, just like the song “The Arsonist” talks about. These two are similar in many ways, this just being one of many.

    D. A song that I would pick would be “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. I would choose this song because it is saying the flaws, of this certain person. In F451, Montag, the main character, has many flaws, one of them would be having a passion for books, and the past. In this song it says,” I want to hide the truth”, and in F451, the whole point of burning books is to hide the truth, meaning the past.

  14. A.) I interpret the lyrics of “The Arsonist” as the writers of this song having frustration over something, and wanting it to be changed immediately. In this song there is a description of a hidden truth and a present hope, but nothing is being done about either. They obviously are unhappy about this, but they explain how they are told to shut their mouths and leave it alone. They believe the only thing that is needed is a match of gasoline to burn the city, which relates to Fahrenheit 451 and the burning of the books. By doing this, they now believe the truth can be found. This symbolizes a revolution that they say nobody believes is real.

    B.) The music of “The Arsonist” was very loud. The instruments were electric guitars, drums, and probably more that I didn’t pick up on. At some points of the song he was screaming, but at other points it sounded like it was actually being sung. The lead singer and this band obviously have a lot of passion for what they do. These musical qualities show that they are very serious about this song, and to me it sounded like there was a lot of anger that they were trying to display throughout.

    C.) This song has a lot of elements that are directly related to Fahrenheit 451. Everything that is being said is essentially what Montag’s story is. However the line that I am going to focus on from the song is “I love this city, but I’ve set and numbered its days. I love this city enough, that I’ll set it ABLAZE.” I think this is exactly what Beatty is going through with books. Nowhere in the F451 does it say he loves books, but on page 106 and 107 Beatty describes his dream that he had of him and Montag quoting lines from books. This shows he must of loved books at one point, and knows what they are all about, and he is now comfortable with setting them ablaze.

    D.) The song I would choose would actually be a song that doesn’t have any words. This song is called “Requiem For A Dream” composed by Clint Marshall. Although it doesn’t have any words, I think it would do a good job of capturing the audience emotionally though the music itself. It is sort of a dark but motivational orchestra type of thing.

  15. A. The song’s message has to do with revolution. The line “I love this city, enough that I’ll set it ablaze” particularly captured my attention. This line of the song is interesting because the lyricist cares so much about their city that they would go so far as to destroy it to make it a better place to live. The lyrics of this song convey a drastic method of change. The message has to do with organizing a revolution to make this particular city the best it can be. This parallels with Fahrenheit 451 because the government craves superiority so much that it is desperate enough to destroy their own territory or culture in order to achieve this superiority.

    B. “The Arsonist” uses heavy and dark tones. The vocals especially are harsh and desperate. This successfully conveys the overall message of the song. The tone is desperate and drastic and perfectly lines up with the lyrics. The volume and scream of both the vocals and instruments promote a violent message.

    C. “I love this city, enough that I’ll set it ablaze” from the song reminded me of the very first line of Fahrenheit 451. “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed… burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” Montag cares so much about his city that he finds it a pleasure to serve his city by burning books.

    D. “Generation” by Simple Plan conveys a message that Montag sends at the beginning of the novel. Montag complies to the demands of the government. He burns books because it is what he believes he is supposed to do. Clarisse tries to get him to open his mind and think for himself. The song could represent Montag rebelling against Clarisse and defending his reasons for being a fireman. On the other hand, the song can be interpreted as Montag rebelling against the government’s wishes.

  16. A) I interpret the lyrics of “The Arsonist” as someone wanting to burn everything to the ground in order for there to be a new world born from the ashes and flames. By eliminating everything through flames, a new and better world can rise and take hold. The narrator is trying to express his frustration with the way the “city” works and how burning it to the ground can bring forth a revival of the city. The lyrics symbolize how revolution is needed to make a change for the better, but everyone is too ignorant to see it, just like in Fahrenheit 451. By burning the city to the ground, truth can be found.

    B) The music of this song is incredibly intense. The beat is extremely fast and ferocious. The instruments used to portray this are electric guitar and the drums. Both instruments are played at a vigorous pace that lend to a crazy tone of song. the intense vocals also lend to a crazy and rebellious tone. The vocals are not really sung, but they are screamed like the singer is in pain. It gives the song a very frustrated and extreme tone. The intense and rebellious music shows the listener that the narrator is terribly serious about how things need to change. The narrator shouts that the city must burn, and he definitely means it in the tone of his voice and the tone of the music.

    C) The part in the “Arsonist” when the lyrics say ” I don’t think that any one of them believes that there will be a reckoning” reminds me of when Montag talks to his wife about books, but just brushes them off and continues to talk about how she wants a 4th wall screen television. The line in the song explains how people are too ignorant to see that revolution needs to happen to make things better. This is the same way with Montag’s wife. She doesn’t want to get into the deeper meaning of things in books. She is perfectly fine with the information just skimmed off the top. She is too ignorant to see that the deeper meaning in different aspects in life can lead to a better life.

    D) The song for the trailer that I would use would be “Seven Devils” by Florence and the Machine. This song explains how there are “seven devils all around you” and “seven devils in your house”. This says that there is corruption everywhere and it can be seen everywhere. Also, the lyrics say “no rivers, no lakes can put the fire out”. This explains how “fire” being uprisings and revolts can not be dowsed or stopped. There is no way to stop all hell from breaking loose. Whatever is going to happen will eventually happen, and it can’t be stopped.

  17. A) To me the lyrics of “The Arsonist” speak about someone that wants to burn down the world in order for a new world to be born from the ashes, like that of a phoenix. The narrator constantly speaks about a “city” and how it works, saying that it needs to be torn down so it can be rebuilt better than before. The idea of a revolution of sorts comes to mind and that it’s needed for there to be change for the better, but like in “Fahrenheit 451” people have become so confined by their society that they can’t see what needs to be done.

    B) The song is very fast paced and almost animalistic, the lyrics convey anger and a sort of pain, especially in when he will scream them, this gives the song a very extreme and and fast paced tone to it. The instruments included in the song are guitar, drums, bass guitar, the strong vocals. The instruments are all played at an extremely fast and vigorous pace, this can be heard more clearly with the lead guitar and drums, while the backup guitar and bass are still present but more backing. The instruments help will the fast paced ferocity of the song and go along with it very well.

    C) “There is truth beneath the floorboards; there is hope in brick and stone. But they tell me just to shut my mouth; leave well enough alone.” This part of the song reminds me of when Montag decides that he is going to read the books he has been stealing, but then Beatty comes and tells him he needs to give it up and give him the books Montag has taken.

    D) If I had to chose a song that would be put in a trailer for a “Fahrenheit 451” movie I would pick “Getaway” by Pearl Jam. I think that this is a good song because lyrically I think it fits in the way that it has that aggressive sound to it like some areas of the book. The pace of the song is also fast which seems matching to that of “Fahrenheit 451.”

  18. 1) I interpret the lyrics of the Arsonist to be a call for a change and revolution by burning down an entire city in order to find truth by everything being erased and forgotten. They want to rebuild the city after they burn it down, which I interpret to mean that they do not want to hurt the city, but rather make it a better and more honest place by erasing everything and starting over. The narrative formed throughout this song is “the Arsonist” is planning on burning down an entire city, but only for the truth of the city to appear. The symbolic significance that the lyrics carry is it is a very similar situation in the book Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451, the firemen burn books in order for all knowledge in them to be forgotten, which is a similar reason as to why The Arsonist wants to burn down the city.
    2) The music of The Arsonist has an angry and heavy tone. Guitars and drums are used in this song and the vocals are both fast and loud. All of these qualities impact the message of the song by showing that the singer is passionate and serious about burning down the city. He believes it is something he must do and his passion is portrayed throughout the whole song.
    3)I believe that many lyrics from this song directly relate to the main idea of Fahrenheit 451. “…his hand were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history” (3) is a passage from Fahrenheit 451 that is similar to the lyrical excerpt ” because I don’t think that any of them believes that fire can erase their names”. These two excerpts show that both The Arsonist and the firemen in Fahrenheit 451 have the same motive for wanting to burn things, which is to erase all history, names, and knowledge that they no longer want people to know.
    4) if I had to choose a song for the trailer of Fahrenheit 451, I would choose the song “Burn” by Ellie Goulding. I think this song would be perfect for the trailer because it talks about setting fire and letting things burn. It is also a very upbeat song, which would give the illusion that burning things is a positive act in society.

  19. A) I interpret the lyrics of “The Arsonist” as a very dark and revolutionary. The song calls for change or a revolution and would burn down an entire city to get the change they desire. They want to burn down the city to try to forget, erase, and move on from the past. This song creates a very strong narrative. It tells a story of an arsonist that is burning down his city to try to erase the past the city suffers from. He is burning it own out of his love for the city rather than hatred. He believes the only way to better the city is to give it a fresh start. The symbolic significance that the lyrics show is the “firemen” from Fahrenheit 451 burning books to better their city. They do it because of the problems books have caused in the past. Just getting rid of them is the best option for the cities sake.

    B) The music is actually rather scary, dark, and it sort of made me feel uncomfortable. It is not at all like any of the music I usually listen to. I hear a lot of instruments that you would find in a rock band like a lot of drums and guitars. The singers in Thrice don’t seem to be singing at all. It more of a muffled yelling and screaming. The major tone in this song is a dark one. The arsonist really wants to get his point of revolution across. The musical qualities show the revolutionary qualities just by even listening to a brief ten seconds of the song. It is almost intimidating and make the revolution seem very possible.

    C) The song as a whole is a perfect fit for a trailer on Fahrenheit 451. The song is basically tells the same story that Montag lives. The lyrics from the song, “There is truth beneath the floorboards; there is hope in brick and stone” reminds me of when Montag is hiding books in the ventilation system of his house. Rather than truth under the floorboards there is truth in his walls. Montag believes that these books hold a lot of truth that many people do not know about. Another passage I thought of was the first page of the story. The passage that starts with “It was a pleasure to burn,” is a lot like the song. The major quote from the song that I believe corresponds with this part of the book is, “I love this city, but I’ve set and numbered its days. I love this city enough, that I’ll set it ABLAZE.” This is basically what Montag is doing. He talks about all the joy he finds in burning the books of the city. He describes it in a dark way that makes it seem even more like the song. Even though it is a very dark excerpt it relates even more to the song because he odes it out of love for his city just like the arsonist in the song.

    D) I would have to choose the song “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy. The song is very upbeat but in a way sort of reminds me of “The Arsonist”. The chorus of the song repeats the phrase “Light ’em up, up, up” multiple times. One specific lyric of the song reminded me of a specific part of Fahrenheit 451. “Burn everything you love, then burn the ashes” This lyric reminded me of the part of the book when Montag goes to a woman’s house and they burn all of her books. She does not take this well at all and refuses to leave her house as its about to go up in flames. The firemen literally burned everything she loved and the ashes were burned as well. This was so devastating to her she struck the final match that set her whole house into flames.
    Music Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ekJ9hj95M

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