Postmodernism Movement in “The 400 Pound CEO”

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Postmodernism movement started in the 1960’s, carrying on until present. James Morley defined the postmodernism movement as “a rejection of the sovereign autonomous individual with an emphasis upon anarchic collective anonymous experience.” In other words, postmodernism rejects what has been established and makes emphasis on combined revolutionary experiences. Postmodernism can be said it is the "derivate" of modernism; it follows most of the same ideas than modernism but resist the very idea of boundaries. According to our lecture notes “Dominant culture uses perception against others to maintain authority.”
George Saunders is a New York Times bestselling American writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children's books. His short story “The 400 Pound CEO” appeared in Harper's magazine. Jeffrey is a very unique character who was very engaging as a 1st person narrator. Saunders achieved the sympathy factor for this protagonist. The concept was 100% original and interesting, and even the minor characters had clear personalities. It is especially depressing to consider that hatred like this can continue into adulthood. George Saunders “The 400 Pound CEO” relates to postmodernism because the main character been bullied, ostracized, and verbally abused because of his weight by his workers who are average weight.
Jeffrey’s father is dead, his lifetime was brought to an end too soon, most likely from being overweight, and he was left alone with no surviving family members. Yet, for the most part of the short story he is calm, rational, and passive until he finally lashes out. Jeffrey may have been ostracized by his peers in his teen years due to him being slightly on the heavier side.
Tim is Jeffrey’s oppressor and tormented at t...

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Even when Jeffrey was incarcerated for the death of Tim in the penitentiary institution he was still being bullied! He thinks about being reborn as someone better. Jeffrey told the truth when he was tried in court, which proved he showed remorse. Jeffrey proved that he was really strong and has a lot of self-control (you know, besides when he hugs his bully of a boss to death), considering the circumstances, anyone would have eventually snapped. At least Jeffrey did not kill a complete innocent. In the end, Claude used his observation skills against Jeffrey to maintain his authority he had on the job.

Works Cited

Keep, Christopher, Tim McLaughlin, and Robin Parmar. "Defining Postmodernism." Defining Postmodernism. N.P., N.D. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.
Saunders, George. "The 400-pound CEO." Harper's Magazine Feb. 1993: 52. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

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