I Am Legend

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Throughout I Am Legend, Robert Neville entertains himself by listening to records of classical music. The music relaxes Neville, and reminds him of the achievements of humanity before the onset of the vampire plague. In all, Neville’s music symbolizes rapidly vanishing human civilization.

Music Quotes in I Am Legend

The I Am Legend quotes below all refer to the symbol of Music. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Tor Books edition of I Am Legend published in 2007.
Chapter 1 Quotes

With a stiffening of rage, he wrenched up the record and snapped it over his right knee. He'd meant to break it long ago. He walked on rigid legs to the kitchen and flung the pieces into the trash box. Then he stood in the dark kitchen, eyes tightly shut, teeth clenched, hands clamped over his ears. Leave me alone, leave me alone, leave me alone!

Related Characters: Robert Neville
Related Symbols: Music
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:

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Music Symbol Timeline in I Am Legend

The timeline below shows where the symbol Music appears in I Am Legend. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Otherness Theme Icon
Grief, Loneliness, and Depression Theme Icon
Survival and Violence Theme Icon
...finishes his meal, and tries to drown out the voices outside by listening to some records. Neville begins to think about “the women.” Outside, there are women, trying to lure him... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Grief, Loneliness, and Depression Theme Icon
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...he hasn’t craved alcohol all day. He spends the night eating dinner and listening to records, and he manages “to forget all about vampires for a while.” (full context)
Chapter 14
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Grief, Loneliness, and Depression Theme Icon
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...the dog, he’s feeling optimistic about the future. He spends the evening listening to phonograph records and relaxing while, “outside, the vampires waited.” (full context)