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Thomas Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1966

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Essay Topics

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In what ways does Oedipa adhere to stereotypes of mid-20th-century American housewives? In what ways does she defy these stereotypes? How does this change as the novel progresses?

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How does the inclusion of The Courier's Tragedy as a story within a story affect the portrayal of alienation in the novel?

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What is the symbolic meaning of the muted post horn? How is this meaning played with throughout the novel?

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