The Crying of Lot 49 Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the vision of California which Pynchon evokes. Is this an accurate description of modern America?

Does Oedipa discover her fate, and come to terms with it in any sense?

Why is Oedipa having an identity crisis, and what has caused it?

Is modern life truly secular? Does spiritual or religious meaning exist in any unexpected places in the modern landscape?

Has psychoanalysis, or its successors in the various branches of psychotherapy, been proven useless, as Pynchon suggests?

Is the unconscious a force of nature which can only be controlled and made sociable through repression? Or is there a way to integrate instinctual nature into peaceful society without unduly limiting individual freedom?

Is it possible to conceive of a successful anarchic society? What anarchic elements are present in the world Pynchon describes?

Did Oedipa make any mistakes? In Oedipa's place, would you have acted differently?

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