A Supposedly Fun Thing I Ll Never Do Again By David Foster Wallace Analysis

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David Foster Wallace’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” draws on an disillusionment to the American Dream. The essay is truly captivated by Wallace’s sarcastic humor,the themes of death and despair, and the reflection of individual comparison. All in which ties into the idea of the disappointment of the American Dream. The essay illustrates Wallace’s seven night luxury Caribbean cruise. Although the idea of a cruise is meant to represent a style of relaxation, Wallace uncovers that the cruise only filled him with despair. The nadir is a representation of the american space, where most of the nadirs passengers are very dissatisfied with the continental american life. This is evident as Wallace identifies the pampering received from the workers on the cruise ship is a form of care taking like a mother to her child. The purpose is for the audience to view the cruise as a way for adults to revert back to their childhood. Developing a like for this level of luxury, Wallace submits himself…show more content…
A noted reminder of the true sadness hidden within middle american culture, to only escape is a shame reflected back to him and his inability to escape where he relates to “especially at night, when all the ship 's structured fun...I felt despair... despair, but it 's a serious word.” Wallace draws awareness to the word “Despire” as Paul Giles states that it draws “knowingness and insecurity” into Wallaces essay. The awareness of despire is a common suffereing for Middle American culture, it draws on irony, falseness and consumer consuption, these are all ideas that Wallace relates to and can not escape from. Like every other Middle American, Wallces confesses to that fact that “ I cannot escape my own essential and newly unpleasant
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