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Music For Torching A.M. Homes Homes is moving into the middle class complacency and explodes it—brings out the deviant narrative that can be found in the suburban way of life—what happens behind closed doors when they’ve been shut and sealed—once the doors are then opened; once that way of life is exposed, it becomes much more difficult to dismiss. There are very few people that really know about each character’s deviances—other than those that are directly involved in the deviance. It is going on, but most people don’t know what’s going on—so most people still have this ideal portrait of what suburbia truly is. It opens right after a dinner party—Elaine and Paul are in their nice suburban home, and they start calling each other names. Then they are out on the patio and she knocks over the barbeque pit and the house catches on fire—and she is happy. “Nervousness and excitement” are two words that should not go together. - “Elaine pulls her leg back and kicks the grill. The coals fly up and out, the grill tips over. Everything sputters and smokes for a minute, and then slowly the fire builds up from the ground and moves toward the house. They stand watching as fire creeps up the back wall of the house. Wordless, each wonders if it is a game—a dare to see who will run for the garden hose. As the fire builds, their nervousness and excitement grow. Elaine begins to laugh and then stops herself. In the early evening light, the blue flame is nearly invisible. Fire seeps into a crack in the wall. A line of white smoke rises. Elaine watches, wishing she could hurry wishing she could be sure. Paul leans on Elaine and puts his shoes back on. ‘Get the kids and get in the car,’ he says. Elaine walks away, turning back to see Paul blowing on the fire, fanning it with his hands, encouraging the flame. ‘We’re going out for dinner,’ Elaine tells Sammy and Daniel.” Music For Torching --they intentionally burn down their house as a metaphor for burning down their lives—they are unhappy and are having a hard time fitting into this community. ( Fight Club —when the narrator burns down his condo as a way of liberating himself from commercialism). The violence becomes a way of liberating themselves from this routine space that they are living in ( White Noise —when Jack goes after Willie Minks the violence becomes a way of striking out against this routine, normalized space where you’re not alive. ***Could be an essay question*** Paul and Elaine are children of the sixties. They lived in the city, they get married, they have kids and they move to the suburbs. Paul commutes to the city for a non-descript job and Elaine is a stay-at-home mom who is about to go bonkers. When they return to their house expecting to see it completely destroyed, they find that it’s only marginally damaged—just enough to be an irritation (they will have to repair) and Elaine doesn’t deal well with it. -
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