Don Delillo 's White Noise

1892 Words Nov 4th, 2016 8 Pages
Why is naming things so hard for humans to do? Why does it matter? What difference does a name make? These are all questions raised in Don DeLillo’s White Noise. This novel teaches how to deal with these uncertainties in many different ways. This postmodern take on the human race and their reality of the world discusses why the naming of things has such a high impact. DeLillo suggests this matters because it all comes back to simulacrum, perspective, and questions the reality of these things due to all the different perspectives. The truth is reality does not change, reality stays the same; it is simply perspective. Ultimately White Noise allows readers to ponder on the problem of naming and evaluate solutions to the world of uncertainty. DeLillo uses this postmodern setting to argue that the problem is not the name of something, it is how the name effects people’s perspective and reminds them that despite the name there is no access to the absolute truth. These given titles and names engender a certain aura and disposition for themselves that cause either excitement or disappointment. In Chapter two Jack and Murray travel to visit “a tourist attraction known as the most photographed barn in America” (12). Neither had ever visited here before, but because of the name “most photographed…in America,” they were expecting something one-of-a-kind, something magnificent. The expectations of the tourists were set high as they “counted five signs before we reached the site”…
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