The Anxiety Of Death

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person of history; by committing this intellectual fraud, he denies the reality of death in life and, therefore, he suffers the most from the anxiety of death.
Though the central characters of DeLillo's novel view 'death' from different angles and often contradictory point of views, the commonality of their attitudes and approaches is that they all are dismayed with the idea of death. Eventually, the angst of death has encroached into their daily life. For Jack, death is an inevitable horror that becomes more horrible because of its uncertainty, as he asks "Doesn't our knowledge of death make life more precious? What good is a preciousness based on fear and anxiety? It's an anxious quivering thing" (DeLillo 79). Unlike Jack, Heinrich, the fourteen years-old boy, takes of death as it is. He perceives death, from a dispassionate point of view, as an inevitable reality. For him, as Death is the inevitable destiny of life, one's tendency to accept it as it is can minimize the anxiety and terror which are often related to it. In contrast to all of these characters' attitudes to death, Winnie Richard, the neuroscientist, views that since death is the inevitable and ultimate destruction of everything, it can be taken as one's sole stimulation to add some meanings to life. Though death is the sudden end of human life, this inevitable end can provide human life with the hope to proceed further.
Often DeLillo's technique of characterization is synonymous to the portrayal of the theme of death-anxiety in modern man's life. In the novel, DeLillo attempts to show that modern life ceaselessly endeavors to conceal death from people's view behind its magnanimity and decorum. This theme is best articulated in the characterizations of Jack and his ...

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...h; but his belief proves to be futile. In contrast to his proposition about Hitler, all of the characters are driven by the fear of death in the event of the airborne toxicity. In fact, Jack's perception of death is different from others'. Though different characters view death from different point of views and perspectives, their reactions to the pending death are natural. DeLillo has also made another attempt to view death from a different perspective. He upholds that that modern life makes a continuous effort to keep death-anxiety away as far as possible. Life of modern men is arranged in a way that it keeps them unaware of the anxiety of death by engaging them with objects of artificial entertainment. Yet the fear of death in human life is so great that it continues to resurface human being's daily activities and continuously feels human mind with dread and pang.
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