How can we view Heinrich in White Noise as a postmodern spokesman? Give examples.

Heinrich in White Noise serves as a postmodern spokesman in the way he questions logic. For example, he questions notions like the reliability of human senses and the nature of rain. Heinrich also points out how consumerism makes people fear death when they don’t need to, which is a distinctly postmodern observation.

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In White Noise, Jack Gladney’s fourteen-year-old son Heinrich serves as a representation of DeLillo’s postmodernist themes. Heinrich possesses a postmodern cynicism and a skeptical worldview that prompts the reader to reflect on the nature of reality.

Consider how Heinrich seems to question everything. He constantly challenges his father and others by asking questions that dismantle what are typically accepted as objective truths. For example, Heinrich points out that human senses are often wrong, which suggests that a lot of what humans assume to be true through their senses is false. Heinrich is also always encouraging people to question things on a deeper level. For example, he asks, “How do I know that what you call rain—is really rain?” Heinrich’s exploration of uncertain realities like this and the rejection of logical ways of thinking is very postmodern.

It is also noteworthy that Heinrich, unlike Jack, does not worry about death. Heinrich’s discussion of death with Jack suggests that the widespread fear of death in society is connected to commercial culture. This examination of the culture industry and its relationship to human values is a distinctly postmodern interest.

Even Heinrich’s premature hair loss speaks to postmodernism’s examination of developing technology. There is something unnatural and concerning about Heinrich’s balding that suggests something is wrong with reproduction in this fictional society.

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