Don DeLillo’s White Noise provides an immense amount of commentary on narratives and the postmodern condition. His protagonist, Jack Gladney narrates a brief portion of his and his families lives. Jack uses narratives to try to make sense of his identity, and the world of simulacrum in which they live. However, the grand narrative that Jack desires to help him make meaning of both his life and his death is out of place in the postmodern order. Through exploring this conflict, White Noise demonstrates how society is in need of a contemporary narrative that encompasses our ever changing world.
Just as Eliot and Porter dabbled in this proposition in works released from 1910-1930, modern authors of novels also began exploring the same ideas. The 310 page novel White Noise (1984) further explores the ideas presented by hailing modernists. By using first person point of view in White Noise, Delillo showcases how Jack
It is by overcoming such adversity that Huck begins to find freedom and to grow into a wiser and more mature person. Huck learns from the mistakes of others, and develops a friendship with the escaped slave, Jim. Huck’s journey exposes him to the brutal realities of society and uncovers its many shortcomings. By the end of the novel, Huck and Jim treat each other much as they did on the
Unlike before, this scene conveys that Jack and the boys in his tribe are capable of killing and committing brutal acts. While Jack hesitates to kill a pig at the beginning of the book because of his fears of blood and death, he eventually becomes obsessed with hunting and violence, killing a sow by vigorously “stabbing downward with his knife” and slitting the sow’s throat. Additionally, Golding reveals that even
As Jack’s moral character deteriorates, it brings his savagery to the surface, allowing the remnants of civilization to be forgotten. In the beginning of the novel, a group of young boys find themselves alone, without any adults, on an island after
White Lies” by Natasha Trethewey deals with issues of self-hatred, self- acceptance, and the overall way we view ourselves. It does this by bringing attention to how something we may think is relatively harmless, such as telling a small white lie, can actually be destructive. Recognizing the play on the phrase “white lie” and the way language is used is major to understanding this poem. The poem’s speaker is a woman telling about the lies she would tell as a child. In the first few lines of the poem she uses words and phrases that refer to light skinned people who are a mix of African American and Caucasian descent, “light-bright, near-white, / high-yellow, red-boned” (Trethewey 3-4).
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, rumors spread and lead to making false assumptions about people, which could cause their reputation to crumble. The novel clearly states many clear and valid points as to why these rumors can affect many people, and how they can change a person 's life in a bad way. Such as in the situation of Dolphus Raymond, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson. Throughout the novel, many people suffer from the sickening disease of rumors. Don’t try to create rumors about people because it only leads to more damage between the person who spreads rumors, and the person who has rumors spread on them, because it could truly affect their life in ways that are
The narrators in the novels are often strangely limited third-person or unreliable first person narrators. Sometimes there are multiple or shifting narrators. Modernist fiction is non-chronological, with experiments in the representation of time such as sudden jumps, temporal juxtapositions, or spatialization of time, where many different moments of time are presented with an effect of simultaneity. Experiments are also done in presenting the duration by making a great deal occur within a small amount of text, or stretching a small amount of action over a large textual space. Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian dramatist, writes in his most famous play, Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921): Each one of us believes himself to be a single person.
In addition, greed is yet another significant factor to Huck and Jim’s struggle throughout the novel. For example, Huck learns that the Dauphin sells Jim when a stranger says, “Well I reckon! There’s two hundred dollars’ reward on him. It’s like picking up