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Thomas Pynchon is an American novelist known for his experimental writing techniques His works involve extremely complicated plots and themes and mix black humor with imagination and fantasy to describe human isolation and alienation in a chaotic society Among his books The Crying of Lot 49 is the most commonly read in either literature courses or simply for pleasure As the reading progresses the definite and symbolic meaning of the Tristero and an understanding of the historical and political background of America in the 60fs is needed to better understand When I first started reading The Crying of Lot 49 there appeared to be some complicated riddles When put it in perspective with the history of the times a clearer image and more detailed context of the text came to me Many historical events in the era are indirectly and metaphorically incorporated in the text Looking at a book of history then it can be seen that Americans opposed the centralization of administrative power and rejected the threats of being surrounded and controlled by it The Tristero represents their feelings volitions and wishes Itfs a symbol of free will In order to find out what the Tristero is itfs very helpful to understand what the American counter-culture was aboutAs for American history the 1960s was an exciting revolutionary and turbulent time of great social political cultural and technological change in America The movement away from the conservatism of the 1950s was continuous and eventually resulted in those aforementioned changes The following are some events influencing this book in each of the four changes in this decadeThis period from a social standpoint witnessed the expansion of the welfare state the emergence of numerous movements for social change and experienced civil rights and gay and womenfs liberationIn terms of political changes in this era there were some major events which occurred influencing the world the Americanization of the war in Vietnam the civil rights movement and the
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