Analysis Of ' Libra ' By Don Delillo Essay

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Libra by Don DeLillo is a novel about a fictional theory about the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, Lee H. Oswald. DeLillo has a unique presentation style as he presents the fictional story as a historical thriller. This presentation style changes the story as it is a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Libra is a creation of real characters and characters made up by DeLillo. However, there is a noticeable problem with this presentation style. The issue with mixing a true story and a fictional story is the blurring of lines between reality and fantasy. Presenting the assassination as a fictional thriller with fictional characters for the purpose of driving the plot and with trivial information presents complications. The complications are in respect to how the fictional novel is perceived and received as it keeps us from the truth and the ramifications of the portrayal as a historical thriller undermines the significance of the assassination and diminishes the trauma of it. Presenting the story in the way that Don DeLillo does, with a fascination of detail, DeLillo uses an excess of trivial information. Throughout the novel DeLillo goes into paragraphs of details that does not particularly add to the storyline or drive the root plot by any means. This attention to detail reflects one of the supporting characters of the plot, Nicholas Branch. Branch is obsessed with knowing every detail there is to make the most accurate and definitive telling of the events of the…

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