Oedipa Mass In Thomas Pynchon's The Crying Of Lot 49

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An illicit underground mail service, ran by highly trained assassins that originated in sixteenth century Europe and is still thriving in twentieth century America, obviously the story created by an insane person, yet Oedipa Mass, of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, has made her life devoted to unearthing this seemingly impossible gang in the 1960’s. Named co-executor of the will of an eccentric wealthy ex-boyfriend, Peirce Inverarity, Oedipa is told about a rare stamp collection owned by Inverarity that was comprised of fakes, all with similar water marks, symbols and inconsistencies that Oedipa eventually concludes must belong to an elaborate illegal mailing service named W.A.S.T.E. and further attempts to convince herself that this service is controlled by a murderous group known only as Tristero. To prove the existence of such a group, Oedipa runs through a rather elaborate internal appeal to logos to prove to herself through reason, logic, and facts that the Tristero exists. While she does collect evidence and testimonies that suggest to the groups activates, Oedipa’s major support to the group’s current state is deduced logically to remove any chance of some other possibility existing about Tristero’s doings. Though the conclusion of a deduction is meant to be infallible, Oedipa purposefully makes errors in the establishment of many of the premises required to make any sound conclusion. Though each deduction appears probable at first glance, deeper analysis
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