The Evils of Consumerism Book Review by Champ

The Evils of Consumerism
This paper analyzes Don DeLillo's book, "White Noise".
# 98855 | 820 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 21, 2007 in Literature (American) , Sociology (Theory) , English (Analysis)

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The paper describes how Don DeLillo uses his novel "White Noise" to highlight the pitfalls of American consumerism. The paper discusses his observation of our desire for immortality and identity through consumerism, which highlights the implicit dangers of living in today's American society. The paper recommends "White Noise" as one of the greatest contemporary social satires ever written.

From the Paper:

"Don DeLillo's book "White Noise" is considered one of the best contemporary fiction novels in American history. It won the National Book Award in 1985 for its inspirational humor and strong satire of American society. The book centers on the narrator Jack Gladney, a professor of Hitler Studies at the College-On-The-Hill. His narration of his daily life and his fears of impending death drive the subtle and strongly self-effacing narrative. Delillo's purpose within this book is to satire American culture and portrays individual fears and the irrationality of them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bloom, Harold, ed. Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations: Don DeLillo's White Noise. New York: Chelsea House, 2002.
  • Boxall, Peter. Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction. Routledge, 2006.
  • Fuller, Randall. "White Noise and American Cultural Studies." 19-26.
  • Young, Paul. "No One Sees the Camps: Hitler and Humor in White Noise." 39-49.

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