"The Crying of Lot 49"
Examines how this novel by Thomas Pynchon relates to civil rights.
# 66195 | 4,580 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jun 03, 2006 in English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Women Studies (General)
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This paper examines in detail the novel "The Crying of Lot 49". It discusses how, through symbolism, author Thomas Pynchon is able to voice his views on the 1960s civil rights movement. By comparing the novel's protagonist, Oedipa, to the themes and selected individuals examined in the article, "Personal Politics" by Sara Evan's, one is able to gain a better understanding of the civil rights movement, and the function of women within it.
From the Paper:"Fundamentally, Oedipa is searching and trying to organize the clues that she has seen throughout her life, but she cannot make 'the piston budge,' which symbolizes that she cannot discover the truth of the Tristero, or that in spite of all the effort the civil rights workers have put into the movement they are still incapable of getting something of vital significance completed, since African-Americans and women are still discriminated against."
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