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In Falling Man by Don DeLillo, what is the view on terrorism?

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christinami | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2010 at 7:27 PM via web

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In Falling Man by Don DeLillo, what is the view on terrorism?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 18, 2010 at 8:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Terrorism is seen from the internal point of view in the novel.  DeLillo internalizes terrorism in the minds and actions of his characters.  The novel examines terrorism from the personalized point of view.  The fact that Lianne cannot make sense out of the world after 9/11 would be one particular example of how terrorism impacts the survivors.  Lianne seeks to maintain some level of order, but she cannot escape the fact that the world of terrorism is one where there is no order.  At one moment, her life seemed to be ordered and structured, and at another moment, the image of the falling man (both the reality and the artist) occupies her consciousness.  At the same time, the idea of being able to try to understand why 9/11 happened proves to be another view or impact of terrorism that is presented.  In the end, the true aim of the terrorist is accomplished when individuals dwell over it, seeking to make sense of it, and try to appropriate it.  In this light, terrorism is presented as a reality of consciousness that must be accepted and can never really be conquered once introduced.

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