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Infinite Jest Topics for Discussion

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Compare and contrast the three Incandenza brothers, Hal, Orin, and Mario. How are the alike and how are they dissimilar? What is their relationship like with each other? What crutches, metaphorically speaking, does each use to get through life?

Considering Remy Marathe and Hugh and Helen Steeply are both spies, their discussion about the Entertainment is surprisingly frank. What advantages would each country have if they had a copy in their possession? Why might simply possessing the tape be enough of a weapon? Could it ever practically be used in warfare? Why or why not?

Discuss the nature of addiction. How do the characters' specific addictions help them cope with their lives? Does breaking the addiction seem to improve their lives or make them worse? Why or why not?

Throughout the novel, David Foster Wallace relies heavily on footnotes to accentuate the main action...

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