Infinite Jest and Human Neuroses

David Foster Wallace’s eccentric, satirical, and at times bleak personality is said to shine through in all his work, and Infinite Jest is no exception. Written as a sharp comparison between a halfway house and an elite tennis academy, Wallace probes the innermost thoughts of the neurotic human mind. The novel demonstrates the ability of humans to feel acutely lost, caught up, angry, confused, and depressed despite their walk of life. The novel’s deranged and at times disturbing imagery can be confusing to the novice Wallace reader, however the psychopathic element only enhances the greater meaning of the work. Infinite Jest teaches the reader the importance of acceptance of one’s self, neuroses and all. I recommend this novel for anyone with a quest for knowledge of the human mind.

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