In the ruins of the future is a remarkable article written by Don DeLillo and published in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attack in America. Just after three months of the fateful event, Don Delillo published an article in Harper’s Magazine in the ruin of the future in response to the tragic attack that was still fresh in the minds of America. He wanted people to understand the horrific experience of this day and the true meaning behind this dreadful event. His questions were both thoughtful and paradoxical. The article was more of a reflection on terrorism, and devastating loss experienced by Americans when the world trade towers in New York were attacked.
Having been born in New York, Don DeLillo published the progressive change in New York in his article. He described the construction of the world trade tower before the September event. By the time of the attack, Delillo’s nephew and his family lived only some few blocks from the twin towers. He presents his point of view n that day and how he was personally affected. Through America. By reading the article, we can see this tragic event from those who witnessed the attack on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. De Lillo writes from his personal experience.
Since the attack on the world trade center marked the great age of terrorism, where innocent people are affected by the act of revenge. That is why the article caught many people’s attention. De Lillo’s article makes readers reflect on some of the incredible events as he addressed the true meaning of terrorism. He describes it by trying to connect the context and the real meaning of terrorism. De Lillo speaks from a perspective of the terrorist himself by taking a daring move in which he observes from the opposite side. He wanted people to understand the nature of the world we live in today. DeLillo describes the meaning and context of the terrorist event through a union of those who survived and truly experienced the event and what it meant to them. According to him, terrorism is the most terrorizing experience one has to undergo. Through his article, he forces the American government to address the root cause of this event directly and avoid letting it fall into the space of the tower ruins without the truth coming out. In his article, De Lillo reminds the reader that September 11 did not just occur in a historical vacuum. For Americans, the twin tower was a shrine of technology that they worshipped, owned and used to dominate. Nevertheless, according to the terrorists, that technology was the thing that was killing them. Therefore, capitalism and terrorism were the two forces on a collision course with both being out of control.
In his argument, De Lillo urges the government to embrace redemptive place of memory whereby the society can have the chance to move forward from this terrifying event with a transformed sense of past. He attempts to prove his argument through narrative rhythm that alternates between generalized and closed up and intellectual analysis of the September 11 the terrorist attack. The narrative draws the attention of many people who want to identify the root cause of 911 from a clear perspective. De Lillo tries to unite the world using this tragedy and its characters offering readers a unique perspective of the event. He invites readers to try to infer what kind of the world this is using visualization and imagery that is the most effective mode of communication in the article he used when narrating the event.