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February 22, 2007

What It Means To Be An American

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‘Jesse brought home an assignment from school “write an essay on What It Means To Be An American”‘

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This was a theme earlier on in the book and it comes back now with the closing. This is not surprising as Pynchon is searching in more or less all his books the essence of the American psyche. The time period in Against the Day is ideal for dealing with the birth and generation of this so I am not surprised that this is another crucial element in the whole structure of the book.

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