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The Crying of Lot 49 - Jamie Cox LIT2081-2 Stacey Suver The...

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Jamie Cox 2/15/12 LIT2081-2 Stacey Suver The Unreliable Central Character and Why She is Unreliable The Crying of Lot 49 is a novel that leaves much to the wonder of the reader. Is Oedipa Maas crazy or psychedelic drugs or is the world she enters an elaborate joke? There is plenty of evidence to support each claim, the phone call and the words of Dr. Hilarius show that Oedipa has been having treatment is refusing to take pills that were subscribed to her, she is also extremely paranoid, suspecting the pills to not be what the doctor tells her they are and at one point believes that Metzger went through the trouble of bribing a television station to play a particular film as part of an elaborate plot to seduce her (if it was a plot, it worked), instead of believing that it was an odd coincidence or that Metzger was lying. To the role of the psychedelics, or that she drugged in some way, there is the small comment about the mold on the oregano, reminiscent of the mold that caused hallucinations during the Salem Witch Trails. This could be the cause of
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