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Check out this Infographic to learn more about Don DeLillo's White Noise. Study visually with character maps, plot summaries, helpful context, and more.

white-noise-don-delilloThemesSources: The Don DeLillo Society, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Geography of Non-Places in Don DeLillos White Noise by Eunju Hwang, The New Yorker, New York Times, PEN America, St. Louis BeaconCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.In the 1980s Jack Gladney, professor of Hitler studies, and his wife, Babette, fight their fear of death by recharging spiritually at the supermarket. Suddenly a poisonous cloud appears, and everyone in town must evacuate. Exposed to the chemical, Jack is uncertain of his future in this critique of American consumerism and technology.A Man, His Family & DisasterOVERVIEWJack GladneyProfessor and narrator; fears death WilderJacks son; enables his father to release his fearsMain CharactersBabette GladneyJacks loving, steadfast wife; fears deathDeniseBabettes daughter; discovers her mothers pill supply and forgetfulnessMurray SiskindJacks friend and guru; finds significance in everything Willie MinkJacks nemesis; destroyed by the white noise of technologyIn his novels, essays, and plays that include themes about the media-saturated world and consumerism, DeLillo tries to show readers his sense of the danger and strangeness of our times. Considered by some a postmodernist—but calling himself a modernist—the elusive author is known for novels that are satirical, dark, and funny.DON DELILLOBORN 1936AuthorDon DeLillo1985EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageWhite NoiseSatireHouse“Most of the house is used for storage of possessions.”The SupermarketThis place recharges us spiritually, it prepares us, its a gateway or pathway.”The Most Photographed Barn“No one sees the barn.”White Noiseby the NumbersChildren living with Jack and BabettePages of alternate titles DeLillo considered for the novel, including Panasonic and All Souls Year White Noise won the National Book AwardLife span of the chemical Nyodene D. in the novel30421985Alphonse Stompanato, Chapter 14or most people there are only two places in the world. Where they live and their TV set.SymbolsHitlerEmbodies Jacks fear of death SunsetsSymbolize mystery, beauty, and dreadAirborne Toxic EventSymbolizes death at the hands of modern technologyAirborne Toxic EventTheyre calling it the black billowing cloud.”Popular CulturePopular culture causes wonder and dread as it emphasizes the superficial and avoids the truth. Fear of DeathJack and Babette are both terrified they or their children will die—but Jack loses his fear when their son takes a risk. Simulation vs. RealityThe real and artificial blend together as characters experience constant media bombardment and simulations to prepare for real events.

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