The Crying Of Lot 49 By Thomas Pynchon

1174 Words May 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Human nature will not succumb to the constraints of order, corporations, and institutions, rather return to the primal system of chaos and anarchy. Throughout history, the desire to rebel against order transcends because of our inherent disposition to rise up against authority, apparent in revolutions against an oppressive regime or in protest of immoral actions. Some prominent cases were the American Revolution, French Revolution, Transcendentalists’ civil disobedience, 1960’s counterculture movement, and the Civil Rights movement. Thomas Pynchon’s postmodernist novella, The Crying of Lot 49, set in the 1960 's counterculture era of hippies (rejecting mainstream American Society), captures the essence of rebelling against institutions. The literary genius Pynchon, with his slapstick absurdity, irony, and satire, parodies the major movements of the era and utilizes entropy to discuss the logical flow of order into chaos (through Nefastis and the Maxwell Demon). However, not all individuals possess the ability to unlock their primal instincts. Oedipa, the protagonist of The Crying of Lot 49, portrays the product of the American society, an ordinary, unsatisfied Californian housewife, who attempts to search for Trystero, the entropy force of chaos and anarchy, for a greater sense of freedom and self-fulfillment. Despite her efforts to understand and confront it, Oedipa can’t cross the barrier because she can’t accept the natural chaotic order of things. When a force…
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