By Norman Mailer
During this wild battering ram of a singular, which was once initially released to colossal controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a personality who will be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he may later profile within the Executioner's track. As Stephen Rojack, a adorned warfare hero and previous congressman who murders his spouse in a modern manhattan urban high-rise, runs amok in the course of the urban during which he was a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to bare a global of natural urge for food and incessant cruelty. One half Nietzsche, one half de Sade, and one half Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader via the throat and refuses to allow cross.
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Wilhelm and Henderson have nothing in common in the real world, but beneath the surface they both suffer from the desire to grasp what they cannot and are plagued by an undefined voice that cries “I want! ” Henderson the Rain King in particular seems to highlight the absurdity of finding meaning within a spatial or temporal setting, and yet Bellow’s critics were pleased to find a more recognizable American type in Bellow’s work. Norman Mailer had condemned both Augie March and Seize the Day as lacking heroes with “the lust to struggle with the history about them” (Advertisements 402).
9 It is here, then, that Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo begin. They admit to both an impulse for the heroic narrative and the impossibility of its realization as belief in reality. And yet they also note the pragmatic functioning of the world, and the people who inhabit this world, who enjoy (and perhaps only want) old narratives for comfort and security. What, then, is believed when there is no longer belief? Where are the boundaries when there are no more boundaries? To begin to understand this marked split in the American audience, they must begin to unravel the complexities of the American imagination, which has, in light of the absence of belief, created a whole system of heroic images that have replaced the depth of narrative of their original heroes.
What DeLillo suggests is that the heroic narratives were never meant to stand up to rational investigation. Somewhere along the line it was forgotten that fiction is fictional, and heroic narratives remain fictional until they are believed by an audience who willingly suspend disbelief in order to create reality. 16 What the unrepressed hero relies upon, then, is not personal belief, but belief in belief. The hero relies upon the possibility that others will accept and believe the given DEFINING THE HERO 27 artificial boundaries that will define reality.
An American Dream: A Novel by Norman Mailer