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dc.contributor.supervisor Benzon, Kiki
dc.contributor.supervisor McAdam, Ian
dc.contributor.author Piper, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-17T20:18:16Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-17T20:18:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3343
dc.description iv, 114 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Loneliness, unhappiness, and discord pervade David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest. Parental neglect and abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and obsession with entertainment all work to increase characters’ narcissism and self-absorption. This increased narcissism prevents characters from developing meaningful relationships, and this absence of meaningful relationships contributes to the feeling of sadness that plagues the Organization of North American Nations. Rather than confronting reality and working to overcome their sadness by attempting to form meaningful relationships, characters instead seek to escape this sadness through the various fantasies provided by drug-use and entertainment. These fantasies only work to exacerbate characters’ self-absorption and narcissism which consequently increases their unhappiness. Certain characters are able to break free of these narcissistic impulses by turning outwards to form meaningful relationships. As these characters break free of the “cage of the self” (777), they experience a sense of meaning and happiness that other characters are without. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of English, c2012 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Wallace, David Foster. Infinite jest en_US
dc.subject Wallace, David Foster -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Narcissism in literature en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title "Chained in a cage of the self" : narcissism in David Foster Wallace's Infinite jest en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Masters


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