The Gravity's Rainbow Handbook: A Key to the Thomas Pynchon Novel
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Thomas Pynchon has a reputation as a "difficult" author -- but he doesn't have to be! With this new guide, Gravity's Rainbow can be understood by the average reader. Included are: a chapter-by-chapter summary and commentary on the story, a thorough description of all major characters, a biography of Pynchon, suggestions for essay topics, and much more. This guide is guaranteed to help you finish and make sense of Gravity's Rainbow -- all in a concise and easy-to-read format. Whether you are totally new to the book or just want to deepen your understanding, this guide will save you hours of struggle and frustration.
travel documents. To remedy this, he conspires with Argentine anarchists and makes deliveries for them in Switzerland. He visits Laszlo Jamf's grave while there. The anarchists give him documents relating to Jamf's own work on Slothrop as a baby. This section introduces the S-Gerät or Schwarzgerät, the mysterious "black device" that is to be included in a rocket with the five-digit serial number 00000. PART 2, SECTION 8 (pg. 269 - 278): It is now May 20, 1945, Whitsunday, the Christian
It is loosely based on Pynchon's own ancestor. Slothrop soon loses Ludwig, but randomly comes across Duane Marvy. PART 3, SECTION 26 (pg. 557 - 563): Duane Marvy is with Bloody Chiclitz – a character from Pynchon's earlier novel V. Chiclitz has a gun aimed at Slothrop and thinks he is a threat. Marvy calms him down. Slothrop learns of their plan to raid the village of the Schwarzkommando, and he decides to warn the Herero people. He tells the information to Andreas Orukumbe, also providing him
like a sacrificial lamb. Pynchon provides a tarot reading (in part) for Slothrop, and a more complete reading for Blicero, who we learn survives to 1970s Los Angeles. Like the rocket, he can never quite be destroyed. Richard M. Zhlubb, the night manager of the Orpheus Theatre in Hollywood, is shown, loosely based on President Nixon. As the rocket is about to be launched, Pynchon presents a hymn supposedly written by Slothrop's ancestor William. Gottfried will be included in the rocket as a
their interest is profit. In this sense, corporations and systems that devalue human life can be seen as the book's antagonists. THEMES: Themes are what the author chooses to illustrate through the narrative. Some of the themes in Gravity's Rainbow include: Cartels, Conglomerates, and Organizational Structures – Pynchon gives great attention to how people are organized into groups. There are numerous organizations in the book. Sometimes they help each other, sometimes they are in conflict, and
Stefania is Antoni's wife. GOTTFRIED – Gottfried is the "young pet" of Weissmann (aka Blicero), who is launched in the rocket at the end of the novel as a sacrifice. ENSIGN MORITURI – Morituri is a Japanese man who had trained to be a kamikaze pilot. He watches Slothrop have sex with Bianca aboard the Anubis. MAJOR ZHDAEV – Zhdaev is a Russian who apprehends Gerhardt von Göll. KLAUS NÄRRISCH – Närrisch was a "guidance man" working on the development of the V-2 rocket. ANDREAS ORUKUMBE – A