Falling Man Analysis

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The novel recapitulates many of the themes of DeLillo’s previous novels: consumer detritus, media saturation, and the decentered world of global capitalism. UnderWorld introduces an issue that remained in the shadows in his earlier novels ‘the bomb.’ It is not just that nuclear bomb goes underground in landfills and bunker systems under mountains in Niveda. Rather, the specter of nuclear disaster is part of the “Underworld” of the social unconscious. The bomb is the “Other” of the contemporary world, the real specter that haunts the floating zones of desire of postmodern culture. Ultimately, Underworld takes us into the postmodern terrain of the present, where nuclear power has triumphed. In the last section of the novel, Nick Shay is sent…show more content…
Falling Man opens the present world as a mixture of chaos and disorder which end only in rubble. It records the experiences of the survivors of the demolition of the World Trade Center, backgrounding Keith and Lianne’s family. The novel discusses the symbolic nature of terrorist violence portrayed through the mass media. DeLillo’s narrative examines the possibilities of reinventing individual identity as well as the tendency of individuals to construct their identities through a group mentality. A man walks away from the fallen towers. He is terribly disoriented and bleeding. Although Keith Neudecker is not walking in circles, his mind is certainly spinning. Moving with him are all the rest of the characters, including an actor, a man who does performance art on the sides of randomly selected New York buildings. The artist’s simulates a vision that both the actor and Keith witnessed—a man flinging himself out of one of the broken windows on one of the top floors of the World Trade Center that fateful day in 2001. It is an image that both the actor and Keith cannot get out of their…show more content…
There have been increasing number of writers and artists representing environmental justice struggles in their works. Novelists, poets, essayist, playwrights as diverse as Jimmy Santiago Baca, Octavia Butler, Ana Castillo, Mahasweta Devi, Linda Yogan, Winona LaDuke, Barbara Neely, Simon Oritz, Adrienne Rich, Marilynne Robinson, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Leslie Marmon Silko, Helen Maria Viramontes, Gerald Vizenor, Alice Walker, and Karen Tel Yamashita are some of the writers write about environmental hazards faced by communities of color and economically and politically disenfranchised
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