Purpose of "The Crying of Lot 49"
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From the Paper:"Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is a novel full of conspiracy, romance, puns, and suspense. This novel has a plot and details that was likely controversial to the age of society it was written in. A woman is seeing a psychologist, having an affair, is often under the influence of alcohol, and the other characters use of drugs could all been seen as negative and immoral to the readers. Pynchon's novel places all of these elements into the novel with the impression that everything she is doing would be normal for any woman, and she is in no way being immoral. He writes with the intention of portraying southern California as a more relaxed and accepting place, and never has one character look negatively upon another. While this advancement on his part and the characters he writes of is becoming more accepted by today's generation, the generation he wrote his novel for were not as tolerant.
"W. Gleason wrote in his essay The Postmodern Labyrinths Of Lot-49 + Pynchon, Thomas The 'Crying Of Lot 49' "Multiple though these concerns are, and multiple the very subjects I've been considering in this essay - labyrinths, prose mazes, puns, feminist discourse - I will argue that they may together converge in a more particular concept: the postmodern." (Gleason, 97) Gleason is accurate in his statement that Pynchon's novel is postmodern. Oedipa's affair and is very controversial for the period that the novel was published in and even still today. Oedipa, a married woman, begins a relationship with the lawyer who is helping her with her friends will. As she becomes involved with the mystery she seeks to solve she leaves Metzger for a period of time. During her investigation she discovers her husband has become hooked on LSD and they part ways. On her return to San Narcisco to see Metzger she learns that he has run off and married a young teenage girl. "If they got rid of you for the reason they got rid of Hilarius and Mucho and Metzger- maybe because they thought I no longer needed you. They were wrong. I needed you."(Pynchon, 133) This quote leads us to understand just how disillusioned Oedipa had become during her "conspiracy" chase."
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