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The different names that delineate the three major sections of Falling Man represent different ideas relating to the fear and anxiety that resulted from the terror attacks that occurred on 9/11 in...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 5:18 pm UTC

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The title of Falling Man works on several levels. It refers to the main character, Keith, who survives the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center but feels disconnected from the world....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2012 4:58 pm UTC

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The attacks of 9/11 resulted in feelings of dislocation and disorientation for the American public at large. A focal point of American society had suddenly vanished from the New York skyline, and...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 9:44 am UTC

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Don DeLillo's novel Falling Man is the story of one man's journey after he survived the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. Keith was in one of the towers when it was hit by...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 6:26 am UTC

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Surprisingly, while Don DeLillo's novel Falling Man is about the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in New York City, it deals very little with race or even the attackers themselves. Most of the...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2013 8:14 pm UTC

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This book is above all a meditation on the impact of 9/11 and how it still, even know, haunts the American psyche. The story features the lives of various characters who struggle to know what to do...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011 6:33 pm UTC

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In Falling Man, by Don DeLillo, the story follows Keith and Lianne Neudecker as they attempt to make a life together again after the tragic events of September 11. The central question of the novel...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 8:12 pm UTC

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Don DeLillo’s novel Falling Man was not well-received by many critics upon its 2007 release. No small part of that negative reaction to the then-latest work of a gifted novelist (he’s since had...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2014 3:33 pm UTC

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Perhaps the largest role that religion plays in the lives of the characters of The Falling Man is that of a constant, scar-like reminder and a source of huge change. The protagonist of this book,...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 4:24 am UTC

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Falling Man by Don DeLillo is a story of living through and then coping with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the towers in New York on September 11, 2001. The two main characters are...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 5:00 am UTC

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Lianne is shown to be obsessed about death, but in a different form from that which occupies her husband's mind. Following the suicide of her father and the way in which Alzheimer's patients face...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011 6:48 pm UTC

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Amir and Hammad stand as opposites to each other in many senses, which conveys to the reader that not every member of the terrorist organization is the same. They are individuals rather than a...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 1:27 pm UTC

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Don DeLillo's Falling Man is a prime example of ring composition. Time does not progress in a linear fashion, or even using flashbacks and other devices to move backward and forward (like, for...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 11:03 pm UTC

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Dom DeLillo’s novel Falling Man takes place both before and after the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001. The final chapter, “In the Hudson Corridor,” is set at the beginning of the attacks....

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 5:59 am UTC

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Chapter 13 is told from Lianne's point of view, and there are two overriding ideas presented here. The most important one is her reflections and reactions to the September 11 incident long after...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011 12:09 am UTC

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Before 9/11, Keith played poker with his friends on a weekly basis. This was very important to him, giving a sense of stability to his life after he separated from his wife, Lianne. The friends...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 8:38 pm UTC

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At the end of Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Keith, the protagonist, finds himself back where he was at the beginning: wandering the streets dazed and wounded as the Twin Towers fall. The last thing he...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 6:01 am UTC

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Like so much else about Keith, his experience after the attacks in terms of constructing a new sense of being is not entirely clear. Keith's reserved and detached way of being before the attacks...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012 1:55 pm UTC

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I think that DeLillo's employment of language to bring about the sense and almost surreal nature of death is part of the thematic purpose of the text. The fact that the subject of the text is...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012 1:34 pm UTC

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This is truly an interesting question because this book runs in an endless circle (and not a usual plot line) that involves the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Any concern...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015 8:33 pm UTC

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Don DeLillo's novel Falling Man is the story of one man, Keith, who was in one of the towers on September 11, 2001, and survives. He goes home to his wife Lianne, though they had been separated,...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 6:11 am UTC

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De Lillo's Falling Man uses three points of view to convey the narrative of the novel. The first is that of main character Keith Neudecker, who is a 9-11 survivor. The other perspective comes from...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2014 8:44 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the chapter, Keith, the central figure in the novel, is with Florence Givens, who also escaped the World Trade Center after the first plane struck. The affair he has with...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 10:30 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited down. I would suggest that Hammad's characterization brings to light how the many of those who are considered "terrorists" have complex narratives. Their...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013 2:16 pm UTC

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The dominant theme of chapter 9 is a depiction of the burdens placed upon Keith; his wife, Lianne; and the jihadi Hammad by the attack on the Twin Towers. It has been thirty-six days since the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 9:57 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2010 8:50 am UTC

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Well, the view most New Yorkers have regarding terrorism is pretty clear in those opening chapters. They are chapters filled with horror and loss and disbelief, and people there are working their...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 9:01 am UTC

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Keith Neudecker is the protagonist and narrator of Falling Man. He is a lawyer in his late thirties who works in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He survives the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 6:42 am UTC

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Sometime very soon you will be able to find this as part of the eNotes study guide. As always, doing your own reading is the best idea; however, I know chapter summaries can be quite helpful, so...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 1:14 pm UTC

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