Explore the relationship between death (in its various conceivable forms) and consumption (notably: eating and buying) in the "real" postmodern world.
In an information society, there is much left open to interpretation and therefore "real" becomes a subjective word, based on differing perspectives and understandings which in turn create a less tangible, every day existence. In White Noise, DeLillo introduces the reader to the possibilities of living according to a changing set of standards and rules as the "real" world fades away and the physical senses no longer determine events or prompt reaction. The act of eating, a sociable event which encourages families to share is now nothing more than the physical act and "nothingness" has replaced meaningful conversation.
Overeating dominates many of the issues and it is the very self-indulgent lifestyle that is, in fact, responsible for the loss of identity and search for a new reality, where death does not bring finality. The new belief is that it should be possible to overcome death, just like disease. Babette is a victim of circumstance and her food obsession stems from her...
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