David Foster Wallace Questions and Answers

David Foster Wallace

One theme in the short story "Good People" is the crisis of conscience. The story's omniscient narrator focuses on the thoughts of Lane Dean and his perception of his relationship with his...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2017, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

In the short story “Everything Is Green” by David Foster Wallace, water and rain are used along with light, especially sunlight, to indicate Mitch’s changing frame of mind. The story takes place...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2021, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

Stylistically, it is notable that this story contains no actual quoted dialogue. It would be a good idea to try to figure out why the author would choose to represent dialogue between Lane Dean and...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

The title of David Foster Wallace's short story "Good People" (published in 2007, the year before the author's death) is lifted from the text. Let's take a look at the use of the phrase in the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017, 6:48 pm (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

Your answer to this will of course depend in part on your own interpretation of the text, but I am happy to provide you with some ideas! David Foster Wallace’s “The Devil is Busy Man” is about the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

The story begins in media res, or in the middle, so the reader is hit with the emotional intensity of the plot immediately. It is an ordinary day—the father is hanging a new door for his tenant,...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2020, 1:47 am (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

Both Lydia Davis's “The Caterpillar” and David Foster Wallace's “Incarnations of Burned Children” move readers' emotions through accounts of the trials and sufferings of small, helpless creatures....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021, 1:25 am (UTC)

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David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace is often called a postmodern writer—sometimes even a post-postmodern one, but his relationship with postmodernism is conflicted. What is postmodern about him is that he keeps...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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