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Volume 71, Issue 1, Winter 2019

W. Brett Wiley
Pages 39-55

George Saunders’s 400-Pound CEO
Goodness or Ideology

George Saunders, in “The 400-Pound CEO,” displays a theme that appears in many of his stories and that he has talked about in numerous interviews. Jeffrey, the protagonist and narrator of the story, confronts the dissonance that exists between enacting goodness and theological or ideological belief. The story ultimately suggests a Buddhist approach, what Saunders explains as a practical means of “react[ing] accordingly” to life as “that-which-is.”

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