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A valid point. But it’s not a question of greatness. It’s not a question of good and evil. I don’t know what it is. Look at it this way. Some people always wear a favorite color. Some people carry a gun. Some people put on a uniform and feel bigger, stronger, safer. It’s in this area that my obsessions dwell. Keep in mind that this is DeLillo’s idea of a sympathetic character. Indeed, we are clearly meant to see Jack as the archetypal twentieth-century victim—a victim whose sense of helplessness is so profound that he cannot help but succumb to the temptation, shocking but psychologically understandable, to identify with the aggressor; and since Jack is the archetypal twentieth-century victim, whom else could DeLillo have him identify with but the century’s premier aggressor, Adolf Hitler?
Though, like all DeLillo heroes, Jack is a connoisseur of destruction, and though he starts making gibes about our stiﬂing assembly-line culture on the ﬁrst page of the book, it takes an airborne toxic event in his hometown to make him truly frantic about his mortality and the unrelieved emptiness of his life. It doesn’t help any, either, when he discovers that his wife Babette, a teacher of posture, has slept with another man, a quack doctor who claims to have developed a drug that eradicates the fear of death.
We edge nearer death every time we plot. It is like a contract that all must sign, the plotters as well as those who are the targets of the plot’ (26). So says Jack Gladney in one of his lectures on Hitler. Plotting is structuring events through language; it is the ﬁrst stage of myth-making, and it leads towards death. Technology itself creates difference and disorientation. It is our Frankenstein, a creation turning on its creators and living a life of its own. It evokes both life and death. Like plotting, which we learn is movement of life toward death, technology promises immortality and extinction in the same breath.