Does DeLillo's structure choices weaken the story White Noise? DeLillo suggests that the college, its faculty, its students, and its curriculum are currently all trivial. Also, DeLillo ignores aspects of college life that are commonly satirized in more conventional academic novels: sports, athletes and coaches, campus cops, dormitory life, parties, beauty queens, etc. Instead, he concentrates on the Gladney family. Academic life is secondary. Does this choice weaken the novel White Noise?
Don DeLillo 's approach--whether convention or unconventional--can only weaken the novel if he fails in his objective. DeLillo's objective is two fold. First, his objective is to point out that in a world where trivial matters demand--and receive--equal time and attention with significant matters, then all things are devalued and all things are reinforced in meaninglessness--nothing remains that is preeminently meaningful. Second, it is to thematically illustrate the consequence of reducing all things to the common denominator of the trivial and...
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