"All That" by David Foster Wallace | Essay Review

David Foster Wallace has been one of the finest fiction with a touch of genius ability in his writings. Wallace has always being ironical in his views, trying to bring out a human reaction in and exploring them at various stages in various situations. In his writing in “All That”, the author portrayed it as an adult looking back story in his childhood and aiming to discover the foundation of his admiration towards religion. He finally able to make out that he believe derived from his parents trickling him into persuading that his toy cement mixer was the magic. The author came to this conclusion through various analyses of virtual things. The author made various virtual analyses to come to conclusion which has been observed in the best way by the following lines-

Nevertheless, the experience of the real but unobservable and unexplainable “voices” and the ecstatic feelings they often aroused doubtless contributed to my reverence for magic and my faith that magic not only permeated the everyday world but did so in a way that was thoroughly benign and altruistic and wished me well. I was never the sort of child who believed in “monsters under the bed” or vampires, or who needed a night-light in his bedroom; on the contrary, my father (who clearly “enjoyed” me and my eccentricities) once laughingly told my mother that he thought I might suffer from a type of benign psychosis called “antiparanoia,” in which I seemed to believe that I was the object of an intricate universal conspiracy to make me so happy I could hardly stand it (Wallace)

In the above lines, the author referred to the “voices” which helped him to understand the relevance of magic in the real world. During childhood, he used to get pissed off when his repeated attempt failed to overpower magic through the toy cement mixture. He used to hear voices whose relevance was not clear to him. The only thing he could make out was that those words never gave him an eerie feeling which he described as “monsters under the bed”. Since from his childhood, he had the belief that the “voices” and “magic” are of something good but he did not have any logic to defend he believe then. In this connection ironically he mentioned that through his talks his parents had the concern that he might be suffering from psychosis. What the author has tried so establish here is that instead of repeated failures of unveiling facts which supports his believe he always had a faith towards his them which he never gave up. This unfaltering belief and full commitment attitude towards a thing lead his foundation in the discovery of religion.


Wallace F David, All That, Fiction, 2009

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