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!
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.
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.)