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White Noise: Introduction
White Noise: Plot Summary
White Noise: Detailed Summary & Analysis
White Noise: Themes
White Noise: Quotes
White Noise: Characters
White Noise: Symbols
White Noise: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Don DeLillo
Historical Context of White Noise
Other Books Related to White Noise
- Full Title: White Noise
- When Published: January 21, 1985
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: Postmodernism, realism
- Setting: American suburbia
- Climax: Having finally tracked down the man who slept with his wife and gave her experimental medication, Jack shoots Willie Mink twice in the stomach and, in turn, is shot in the wrist.
- Antagonist: Willie Mink, the creator of Dylar, is the most straightforwardly sinister character in White Noise, but even more antagonistic are the various ominous forces that work to destabilize Jack throughout the novel. As such, consumerism and the fear of death emerge as the primary forms of antagonism.
- Point of View: First-person from Jack Gladney’s point of view.
Extra Credit for White Noise
National Book Award. Known for his reticence regarding media attention, when DeLillo won the National Book Award in 1985 for White Noise, he approached the podium, accepted the award, and said, “I’m sorry I couldn’t be here tonight, but I thank you all for coming,” before leaving the stage.
Panasonic. DeLillo’s original title for White Noise was Panasonic, but the company by the same name objected, forcing him to change it.