Deconstruction Paper on Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'

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Danielle Spence

Mass Communications for Modern Society

MWF - 11:00

"The Wall" by Pink Floyd


"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 that


The 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...