B. humanity’s place in relation to the larger universe.
D. The music is loud yet so confidential
I cannot help feeling even more
like the center of the universe
Both “Death by a Black Hole” and “Man Listening to Disc” discuss humanity’s place in relation to the larger universe. However, the authors reach very different conclusions. While Tyson concludes that humans are insignificant in relation to the universe, Billy Collins puts humanity at the center of the universe.
In these lines, Collins shows how the speaker uses the music to isolate himself from others. He tells us that the music is loud, yet it is only for him. No one else can hear it, and no one participates in this private activity. He feels like the center of the universe because there is no one around. This shows that the speaker uses music to isolate himself from others.