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  • Death and Dying in DeLillo's White Noise

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    Dying in DeLillo's White Noise Among other things, Don DeLillo seems completely preoccupied with death and the arduous task of living with the knowledge of death in his novel White Noise. Acceptance of our finite, fragile existence over time is certainly not a phenomenon unique to a single civilization or historical era. Rather than discuss the inescapable mortality that connects all humankind with broad, generalized strokes, DeLillo is concerned with the particular (peculiar?) late Twentieth

  • The Futile Goal of Nicholas Branch in Don DeLillo's Libra

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    According to author Don DeLillo, the immense quantity of the information pertaining to the heinous crime committed in Dallas on November 22nd of 1963 will never lead to or reveal a comprehensive and conclusive version of the event. In his novel Libra, DeLillo acknowledges the impossibility of collecting and studying the extensive evidence of the assassination and how this seemingly inexhaustible process is essentially responsible for creating more doubt and disorder in the case. DeLillo shows the irrelevance

  • The Infiltration of Popular Culture in DeLillo's White Noise

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    DeLillo's purpose in the book is best illuminated by Heinrich's comment after the airborne toxic event: "The real issue is the kind of radiation that surrounds us every day." In other words, DeLillo states that popular culture is ruining - or, perhaps, has ruined - us all. We must first unpack what DeLillo, speaking through Heinrich, means by this statement. First, we notice that culture of some sort is important to a society's well-being - in fact, some would argue that a group of people does

  • Don DeLillo's White Noise

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    human book. In this story, the ideas that seem to captivate DeLillo are fleshed out in real life in a way that none of his other books quite achieves. Of course, there are a few stubborn souls (like me) who still feel THE NAMES, or one of his other books is better. But I think everyone agrees, WHITE NOISE is a winner. It won DeLillo the National Book Award in 1985, and it also won a larger reading audience for a great American writer. DeLillo has said that Ernest Becker's THE DENIAL OF DEATH was a book

  • Don DeLillo's White Noise novel and Malcolm Gladwell's Big and Bad article

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    influenced by the dangers of the industrial chemical cloud that hangs over their lives. This essay explores the importance of honesty in the wake of a consumerism culture that is highly influenced by the media and companies as evident in White Noise by DeLillo and “Big and Bad” by Malcolm Gladwell. In Gladwell’s “Big and Bad” article, he discusses company and media influences on consumers’ choices of safe cars (Gladwell 440). Gladwell depicts the two key organizations as being dishonest in their unfair

  • The Power of the Family in White Noise

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    affirm the actuality of the "actual." Works Cited and Consulted Aaron, Daniel, “How to Read Don DeLillo.” In Introducing Don DeLillo, edited by Frank Lentricchia, 67-81. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999. Conroy, Mark: “From Tombstone to Tabloid: Authority Figured in White Noise.” In Don DeLillo’s White Noise, edited by Harold Bloom, 153-168. Broomal: Chelsea House Publishers, 2003. DeLillo, Don. White Noise. New York: Viking, 1984.

  • White Noise

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    techniques, which lead customers to make a certain selection, to convince them to buy a product. Sometimes those techniques are so forceful that may radically change our opinion. One of the very first scenes shows us a picture of the family eating lunch. DeLillo focuses our attention on how packaged is the food on the table: “open cartons, crumpled tinfoil, shiny bags of potato chips, bowls of past substances covered with plastic wrap, flip-top rings and twist ties”(7). There are a lot of things, but I would

  • Jack and Technology

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    “a big, aging, harmless, indistinct sort of guy”(83) He is an accomplished family man, a professor at the College-on-the-hill, a husband wanting to please his wife, someone who struggles with the fear of dying. From technology to modern society, Delillo created the character Jack to show the impact of the media on our families and our society. White Noise gives us an inside look into the life of Jack Gladney, showing readers that there is a Jack in every family, and maybe a little bit in everyone

  • The darkness that blinds all

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    said, I do agree with Katherine LeBescos idea of Don Delillo being a media skeptic. He writes White Noise, with a main concept of rhetoric ideas to define how our society has evolved. He wants us to wake up and see what is happening with our knowledge, to see what consumerism can do to our concept of reality. Reality is something we all know and have experienced but sometimes reality is hard to see when mediums become hard to differentiate. Delillo shows us many times how a medium can be mistaken for

  • The Death of Identity in DeLillo's White Noise

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    muted death of suburban white identity. College-on-the-Hill is not only an elite academic promontory, but also a bastion for white flight in which Jack Gladney's family has taken refuge. Instead of John Winthrop's clear City-on-a-Hill morality, DeLillo presents us with J.A.K. Gladney's muddled postmodern inheritance of J.F.K.'s civil rights legacy. Racial identity no longer demarcates a simple binary between whites and Native Americans, but complicates a nation in which all races stake a claim