The Hidden Meaning of Monika’s Piano – Doki Doki Literature Club Theory
Hi everyone my name’s Jake and today we’re going to talk about Doki Doki Literature club now If you haven’t played it yet, stop this video and go play it. It’s free, It’s on Steam, and it takes about four hours And please take the trigger warning seriously. So all of us are cool with spoilers alright good So here’s the theory Monika’s piano has a bigger role in the game than is immediately obvious I believe that the piano in the game’s soundtrack is Monika’s presence it means that when piano is audible in the music Monika is watching your screen or involved in the events taking place We already know that Monika is omnipresent But it was the absence and special effects on the piano in certain scenes that led me to this theory so let’s get into it First off let’s quickly establish the piano. When looking at the girls poems the music transitions into a Variation based on the girl. Sayori’s is a more carefree version with ukelele and snaps Natsuki’s is a childlike version with xylophone and recorder And Yuri’s is a more sophisticated version with strings, harps, and flute Monika’s is solo piano Nobody else has piano in their themes. Next on the day when Monika is late to the club She says she was practicing piano and that she only Started recently when Sayori says that she should play something for us Monika looks at you She then says that she’s been practicing a whole lot recently so from this conversation I get the impression that the piano we hear in the soundtrack is her practicing She only started recently like when we started playing the game, and she has been practicing a whole lot recently I mean the piano is all over the soundtrack so yeah, and she looks at you because she’s already been playing for us We just haven’t realized it. So notice how in the bonding scenes with the girls the piano takes the forefront This is because Monika is paying extra close attention And we know that she’s paying attention because she tells us that she knows everything that happened in Sayori’s room It’s a pretty clever subversion considering that gentle piano is so cliche when it comes to emotional or romantic scenes and Again when we find Sayori dead, the piano is present Monica is watching to figure out what to do next As for the piano playing after we delete Monika’s file, bits and pieces of her are still in the game She’s sentient and not completely gone so she decides to play along with the soundtrack since she doesn’t want to truly leave us It’s actually pretty clever foreshadowing for that final confrontation Monika has with Sayori at the very end Now the piano shows up in special ways in other scenes based on Monika’s involvement. Now this one is actually what really Cemented this theory for me. When Natsuki starts to glitch only the piano melody is distorted Everything else is normal, but Monika’s tampering with the script to make Natsuki less desirable I don’t think it has to happen every time the script is distorted But this instance indicates Monika’s tampering with Natsuki that sends her off the rails Once Yuri starts to be tampered with, the effects are a little more drastic Monica worries that Yuri is more desirable than Natsuki so she has to make a bigger effort to increase her obsessive Behavior and make her unlikable so Monika is more involved in Yuri’s downfall The poem music here is not Yuri’s music, but instead a distorted version of the previous music which prominently features piano As we go on we have this piano track being reversed And finally Yuri’s death has a distorted, muffled piano Monika was trying very hard to completely ruin Yuri. Now let’s look at some absences of piano The first that brings attention to itself is the fight between Yuri and Natsuki This track has no piano and afterwards Monika says she wasn’t able to interject. Maybe this is because she doesn’t fully understand her powers yet, or she wanted to let the situation get out of control, it’s vague. This music does return later, but Monika is on screen this time, so she’s already involved I think it’s important to remember that when a character isn’t on screen They literally don’t exist They’re not currently scripted into the scene and aren’t aware until the code calls them back This is why this absence of piano is so crucial. It means if Monika is not on screen She’s not watching for whatever reason. Another example of this is at the very beginning of the game When Sayori meets you to go to school There’s no piano here, and maybe this is because Monika isn’t aware yet or she hasn’t met you yet So she doesn’t need to spy on you it’s not until we actually meet Monika that the piano starts showing up in the soundtrack And finally the most effective use of absence is the morning of Sayori’s suicide There’s no music at all, but this is because Monika’s work is already done. Sayori’s dead so Monika has Nothing to worry about. She only needs to wait for you to discover Sayori’s body so she can relax We never see a piano or Monika practicing piano because the piano sprite isn’t in the game it was never coded in. It’s only the audio and By the time Monika was able to create her own world, the script was broken enough that trying to code in a piano could ruin Everything. She even wants to play some nice piano for you But it doesn’t work because the code is so messed up the piano doesn’t return in the soundtrack until the game is Completely broken or she isn’t afraid to play again since everything is ruined anyways So that’s the theory it doesn’t change doki-doki literature club in any mind-blowing way But it’s another layer on top of this already dense experience Let me know your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to like this video if you enjoyed it I’m surprised how into this game I got Considering how I nearly gave up on in the first couple of hours And I’m happy to see so many people enjoying it. Anyways, I hope you have a great day, and I’ll see you next time. Bye!