?He was just riding to ride.?(3) In Don DeLillo?s Libra a story is told. A story of chance. A story of one-man whose life is like the train that?s he is on. He rides just to ride. Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who shoot and killed John F. Kennedy. DeLillo has created a fictitious story out of the events related to the assignation of John F. Kennedy. DeLillo creates an elaborate charter out of Lee Harvey Oswald in order to show a ?truer? Oswald, not just a picture of a killer. Oswald?s life was one of uncertainty and indecision. He had no direction from within himself; he believed that a higher force was controlling his life. Was it an outside force that directed the story of his life, or just pure chance Chance is a powerful thing and I believe that it played a huge part in Oswald?s life. Chance was the train and he was just riding to ride.
Throughout the novel DeLillo tries to put us into the mind of Oswald. In the passage that starts on page 333 we see clearly through Oswald?s perspective, and what some would consider schizophrenia. DiLillo uses decontextualization to show how Oswald?s reality
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