Death in 'White Noise' Book Review by Writing Specialists

Death in 'White Noise'
This paper discusses the them of desire and fear of death portrayed in 'White Noise' by Don DeLillo.
# 91862 | 2,179 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 07, 2007 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General) , Literature (General)

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In this article, the writer presents a detailed examination of the book 'White Noise' by Don Dellio. The writer takes the reader on an exploratory journey through the pages of the book with an overview of the theme of desire underscored for the purpose of the paper. The writer points out that in 'White Noise' the themes are timeless, the writing is excellent and the plot focuses on a desire that is common to all of mankind. The writer discusses that the desire to stay alive and not die, crosses all racial, socioeconomic and geographic boundaries. Further, the writer explains that whether one is young or old, just starting out or firmly established, male or female, most people have an innate fighting drive to stay alive. The writer concludes that whether someone will die tomorrow, or someone will live another 80 years, or someone is not yet born, the point of the book is that every person has a desire to live.

From the Paper:

"Before one can fully understand the theme of desire that is laced throughout the book it is important for one to have an overall grasp of the plot. The plot of the book centers on several people and then includes many peripheral characters to strengthen the book's message. The main character in the book is a man named Jack Gladney. Gladney plays a crucial role in the development and theme of desire in the book because he is the only character that does not display an overt and constant fear of dying and death. While the undertone of all characters in this story is a fear of the unknown when it comes to death the character of Gladney does not produce the same constant understanding that death is something to be feared in the same way that the other characters do. The desire to stay alive is a constant theme because of the constant fear of death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • DeLillo, Don (1991). White Noise (Contemporary American Fiction) Penguin Books.

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