Slothrop lost his identity and so his character literally disolved. The Counterforce went the same way, just sort of went crazy or whatever. 00000 is the missle pirate sees at the beginning. 00001 is the explosion at the end which lands on the cinema, I think, I dunno. I'm not sure about these things.
>>7624796 why post if you're just pulling it out your ass? 1. the whole point of the 00001 is its not being fired at anyone 2. nothing links the 00000 to the rocket at the beginning. rather, that whole sequence shows no evidence of being any more than a dream. the 00000 goes wherever. blicero died sometime in 1944 and the most likely target (if you want to make these plot connections) is the theatre at the end, which lines up with a real theatre destroyed by a v2 in 1944
>The Counterforce went the same way, just sort of went crazy or whatever. that doesn't make sense, the counterforce is not even a unified group, they don't all just 'go crazy' but if you mean roger mexico's group, last we see them their plans have fizzled out and gone nowhere, they are having a dead end meeting when the narrative breaks into total surrealism. the fate of these characters is more likely a slow disintegration and return home.
>>7624928 uhh... does it need some underlying meaning? he's battered on the run from two sides of the authorities, has no way to go home, is being hunted and manipulated across 5 different conspiracies, is on thee quest for a holy grail or a superweapon he never finds, has everyone he cares about killed or taken away from him, and spends so long under different identities he can't even remember who he is it's not like it's some random symbolic action -- all book long slothrop's being worn down. on the raid on the russian base he forgets what he's doing midway thru. he's just tired.
if you want to intellectualize it, you can say this is what the gloabalist military industrial complex does to someone. slothrop has been through the dehumanizing effects of beuaracracy, of cold science, seen the horrors of war, the horrors of post war. slothrop is in a way the ultimate Zone Man. he is known by all the Zone players, he is the subject of multiple Zone legends. well in the same way he is a perfect icon of what the Zone does to a man, and what war does.
but to answer the question more precisely than anyone else has.... the last we see of slothrop he's playing mouth harp and kazoo in an obscure 1960's rock band "the fool" ... so slothrop gets something of a happy ending after it all. returned home, one way or another, and alive, at least until the 60's
they landed in the real world. the missle is the book itself. you are in the cinema (metaphorically). Its very similar to IJ in this way but whenver i compare the two peopel get mad but i get the feeling very few people actually understand either one of these books and just think they're silly or memes.
>>7625052 you need to read more post-modern fiction bro. you are taking this story too literally. youre gettin caught up in the symbolic and not what its meant to represent. this is key post-modern stuff man. your in over your head here.
>>7624839 The V-2 landing on a theater playing a Western and killing a fuckload of people really happened. It was by far the most deadly V-2 strike and I immediately recognized the reference when I read the book.
>>7624948 GR's portrayal of the "Zone" was genius.
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