essay on The Body Artist

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Sinziana Velicescu September 14, 2008 Jefferson Response 1 Voice and The Body Artist In Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist , the idea of the voice as a strange and disturbing phenomenon is prevalent throughout the entire novel. Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle point out in An Introductoin to Literature, Criticism, and Theory that voices in novels are often related to ideas of multiplicity, the non-human, and the uncanny. These three themes are often brought up in The Body Artist , which tells the story of Lauren Hartke and the array of voices she encounters after her husband’s suicide. The idea of multiplicity in regards to voice in literature can be expressed through narrative, multiple points of view, and the many voices of the author. Bennett and Royle stress, “the importance of seeing literature as a space in which one encounters multiple voices” (74). In the case of The Body Artist , DeLillo explores the idea of multiplicity as Lauren begins to notice the voices around her after encountering Mr. Tuttle, the man who lives in her attic. Upon listening to her friend’s answering machine, she notices, “One
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