Don DeLillo Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Don DeLillo Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

What little there is of traditionalnarrative structure in a Don DeLillo novel appears to serve principally as a vehicle for introspective meanderings, a thin framework for the knotting together of the author’s preoccupations about life and the world. Thematically, each novel is a profound reworking of the familiar precepts that make up the core of DeLillo’s literary belief system. This basic set of ideas includes the function (misfunction) of language as it relates to being, the absurdity of death and the meaning of apocalypse, the complications and chaotic workings of societies (particularly governments and institutions), the ontological purity of women and children, the notion of sacred spaces, and the interrelatedness of...

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