Deconstruction Paper On Pink Floyd's 'the Wall'

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Danielle SpenceMass Communications for Modern SocietyMWF - 11:00"The Wall" by Pink FloydMessage"The Wall" is a musical album written/created/performed by the group Pink Floyd. The overall message is maintenance of mental homeostasis. Pink goes through a variety of mental changes in order to stay on a path of maintaining mental wellness. This album is a continued narrative which tells the story of an extremely mentally disturbed boy, Pink. As the album progresses, Pink grows up and as he grows, his instabilities also grow. During his life he builds up a mental wall in order to protect himself from the world and completes 'the wall' (the entire song 'Goodbye Cruel World' explains the completion ["Goodbye cruel world. I'm leaving you today. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye. Goodbye, all you people. There's nothing you can say to make me change my mind. Goodbye]). Almost immediately after the 'wall' is completed he begins to regret its construction, as in "Hey You" (No matter how he tried, he could not break free). In the song 'Stop' Pink decides it is time to make the decision once and for all: leave the 'wall' or accept imprisonment in the 'wall' for forever. This decision is reached during the song 'The Trial' and Pink basically orders himself to "tear down the Wall." What Pink Floyd was trying to convey to listeners was thatAudienceThe audience is not meant to be narrow or a specific group. It really is meant for all of us because the story relates to everyone, because we all must maintain homeostasis in order to be as productive as possible in society. This story can relate to a high class business woman (adultery), a blue collar worker (oppression from authorities) or to the valedictorian of a high school (the feeling of pressure to continue on and succeed as others desire ['Comfortably Numb,' "Can you stand up? I do believe it's working, good. That'll keep you going through the show. Come on it's time to go."]). The intended audience is anyone who will listen to Pink's Story (okay, yeah I kind of borrowed from the Beatles there ["Is there anybody going to listen to my story"] sorry couldn't help it). Pink Floyd did not have a particular intended audience. Anyone who listens will find some morsel of relativity to their own lives. You don't have to be a pothead to appreciate these songs and relate to 'the Wall.'Message CharacteristicsOne of the main styles used in this album is through storytelling by following the life of Pink, much like if someone were write an autobiography. We start near the beginning (prologue) of Pink's life, and progress so forth. Each song helps unfold each chapter of the story. From the storytelling aspect come other characteristics, such as musical transitions and the usage of sounds (knocking on a door, footsteps, the sound of a television set, etc.) but storytelling is the base of the album. For example, the opening song, 'In the Flesh?' is basically the prologue in which the narrator, Pink, sings the line "If you'd like to...

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