Fear Of Death In White Noise By Don De Lillo

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In the novel, White Noise by Don DeLillo, Jack Gladney tries to think that he know his wife Babette. He tries to disguise his true self in order to gain strength through his false identity. He tries to control Babette’s thoughts by telling her she is supposed to act a particular way because he is slowly losing control and the struggle of who is more afraid of death. Jack constantly is trying to face his fears of death but learns that his wife has similar fears. He tries to gain power over his death by trying to murder someone. Jack wants to be afraid of death but at the same time does not want to fear his fear. Though his process of attempted murder he finds his self and accepts reality which causes him to find a way to avoid his fear. Throughout the novel many character shape the personality and the way Jack lives his fear.
In the novel, Jack’s identity crisis begins when he changes his name to J.A.K. Gladney. He felt that if he changed his name like a chancellor advised him, he would be taken seriously as a Hitler innovator. Jack did not want to do that so he added an extra initial. Jack is told that he is not good enough to be taken seriously. So for now on his students and co-workers he created this fake name. Everyday he came to school with his fake name, a jacket and black glasses. Jack being obsessed with Hitler keeps him from thinking about his fear of death, it helps him escape reality.
Jack has a different identity with his wife Babette. When it comes to Babette he has the identity of an amazing husband. Jack is an amazing husband and father when he is at home but when it comes to work he strives for the Hitler identity. In the story, we can see that Babette loves Jack so much because she tells him how she wants to die before him because she does not want to be alone and miss him. The relationship between the two of them changes when Jack finds out about the Dylar medication. Jack wants to know what is the medication and why is she taking it. Babette finally tells him that Gray Research is conducting research on fear in humans. Babbette made a deal with Mr. Gray that if he continues with the experiments she will give him her...

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