課題一的研究對象為《聽風之歌》、《1973年的彈珠玩具》、《尋羊冒險記》組成的初期三部作。以搖滾、流行樂之範疇歸類，即可將1970年這項線索浮出水面。並且透過整理文中提及的｢加州女孩(California girls)｣、｢白色聖誕(White Christmas)｣等曲的歌詞，更是強調主角身邊相關人物｢直子｣與｢鼠｣已死亡的事實。
課題二專注於探究《世界末日與冷酷異境》這部作品。透過使用巴布·狄倫的成名曲之一｢隨風而飄(Blowin'' in the Wind)｣，明確呈現主角如風，於兩世界排徊之姿。然而，原本一分為二的世界末日的｢我｣與冷酷異境的｢我｣，隨著｢丹尼男孩(Danny Boy)｣的旋律響起合而為一，且如巴布·狄倫的｢暴雨將至(A Hard Rain''s a-Gonna Fall)｣之歌詞描述，最終｢我｣下定決心前往圖書館女孩所在的森林。
There are five issues to be studied in this thesis to discuss the effects of the music in Haruki Murakami’s works. In Chapter I through Chapter IV, six long-length novels-“Hear the wind sing,” ”Pinball, 1973,” “A Wild Sheep Chase,” “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “Dance, Dance, Dance”-are analyzed. In Chapter V, the related literatures and Haruki Murakami’s remarks are referred to clarify the relation between music and Haruki Murakami’s works. The issues in this thesis are described as follows.
The objects of study in the first issue are the three published novels in the early days, “Hear the wind sing,” “Pinball, 1973,” and “A Wild Sheep Chase.” It is classified with the category of rock and pop music so that the clue of 1970 emerges. Besides, through the consolidation of the lyrics of California Girls, White Christmas and other songs referred in the book, the fact that the related characters, "Naoko" and "Nezumi," around the protagonist were dead was stressed.
The second issue focuses on “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.” In the use of one of Bob Dylan’s famous songs, Blowin ''in the Wind, the posture of the protagonist lingering between two worlds like the wind was expressly presented. However, the “I” of the end of the world who was originally divided into two parts and the “I” of the hard-boiled wonderland were merged along with the melody of Danny Boy. As described in the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain''s a-Gonna Fall, finally the “I” determined to go to the forest where the librarian girl was in.
In the third issue, “Norwegian Wood” is analyzed. Then through sorting out the song of The Beatles, Norwegian Wood, which had the same name with the book title, and the guitar melody played by Reiko, the related characters surrounding the protagonist Toru Watanabe as well as the complex relationships and their mind changes are further clarified.
In the fourth issue, “Dance, Dance, Dance” is explored. In “Dance, Dance, Dance,” Haruki Murakami, through the musical elements, depicted protagonist’s emptiness for the lost youth. In the no-music environment, the protagonist had been longed for music, which insinuated the space with music was the real space for the protagonist.
In the fifth issue, based on the above-mentioned four issues, the relevance between music and Haruki Murakami is discussed. Via musical elements, the key word, era, is derived, thereby speculating the protagonist depicted by Haruki Murakami were probably from the prototype of the hippie at the time. Both Haruki Murakami and the protagonist went through a brilliant youth time at Woodstock Music Festival with hippies and also accepted the reality like hippies. The protagonist was reborn as a new self and the transformation process can be realized from musical elements.