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The Arrogance of The Lie by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

- The Arrogance of The Lie The Lie, written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., is a story that stands as a mirror to reflect the ugly image of a condescending faction obsessed with grades and numbers, not actual learning. Even though it took place years ago, the sickening mind frames still exist in some of today’s people. They are namely the “elite group” or middle to upper class families. In the story, Doctor Remenzel is obsessed with Eli having a high standard of excellence, Eli getting special treatment because he is part of the higher group, and for those reasons, Eli is ashamed of himself, and terrified of telling his father and mother that he failed the entrance examinations....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The Lie]

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Mirrors Don’t Lie in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s The Lie

- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s The Lie - Mirrors Don’t Lie In The Lie by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Eli Remenzel is a thirteen-year-old boy on his way to The Whitehill Preparatory School with his parents. Little do they know that Eli is keeping a big secret from them: he didn’t get accepted to the school. As the story unfolds Eli finally cracks under the pressure of the lie as the headmaster informs his parents that he wasn’t accepted at Whitehill. What happens next is a disaster. As I was reading the story I noticed a lot of qualities in the different characters that are traits I see in myself....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The Lie]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five And Cat 's Cradle

- ... Ramsey, 212). Towards the end of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut uses an excerpt from The Destruction of Dresden by David Irving. In this excerpt there is a message written by Air Marshal Sir Robert Suandy speaking on behalf of the Dresden Air Raid, “a great tragedy” (Slaugterhouse-Five,187). Suandy declared “It was one of those terrible things that sometimes happens in wartime, brought about by an unfortunate combination of circumstances” (Slaughterhouse-Five 187). Suandy claims the Dresden fire-bombing was an “unfortunate circumstance” (Slaughterhouse-Five 187), he doesn’t say it was a mistake or that he feels in anyway guilty for the brutal actions taken upon German citizens....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, World War II]

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Satire, and Black Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Satire, and Black Humor in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut was written in 1963. "It is a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness" (back cover). It is a book that counters almost every aspect of our society. As well as satire, Vonnegut also includes apocalyptic elements in this novel. Satire, "the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice or folly" (Webster 1193), is very prevalent in Cat's Cradle. Vonnegut hits on many aspects of human life with this satire....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle]

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Cat's Cradle

- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Cat's Cradle In the early sixties, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. released his candidly fantastical novel, Cat's Cradle. Within the text an entire religious sect, called Bokononism is born; a religion built on lies, absurdity, and irony. The narrator of Cat's Cradle is Jonah, a freelance writer who characterizes Bokononism as being, "free form as an amoeba" (Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle, 3). It is boundless and unpredictable as the unconscious itself. Bokonon lives on the impoverished island of San Lorenzo where he spends his days scribing poetic calypsos in the books of Bokonon....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Vonnegut Essays Papers]

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Vonnegut 's Life As A Guideline Rather Than An Absolute Truth

- Vonnegut’s experiences, predominately the war, also caused him to question the fragility of life and, consequentially, the way he depicts the flow of time in his novels. While Vonnegut was fighting in the war, Vonnegut’s father became increasingly withdrawn and eventually fell into severe depression, and although Vonnegut specifically sought for a special leave to return home on Mother’s Day, his mother overdosed on sleeping pills the day before (Reed). These two events had a heavy impact on Vonnegut’s outlook on life....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The Great Philosopher 's Book, By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... In the story, scientist designed EPICAC as a super computing machine for the government 's military purposes. It could be seen when the narrator states, "" it shows taht EPICAC is capacity for very high technology things, when narrator continue to say, " " this quote shows that EPICAC is super intelligent. Both quotes describe he is surpassed other computers but the sad fact is he could only be used by making a war and pursuit of power by science. Furthemore, although EPICAC is a super computing muchine and he could be able to solve all kinds of most diffecult problems in the world very fast, he is still be puted into work as long as he could, it portrayed when the narrator states, " " a...   [tags: Love, Human, Computer, Psychology]

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A Life Worth Living in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- A Life Worth Living in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut (1922- ) is an author with a unique perspective on life. He sees in a vivid technicolor things in this world that the rest of humanity may only see in black and white. By the same token he sees life as a rather dark subject, it's the ultimate joke at our expense (Lundquist 1). His life experience has been one of hardship. His mother committed suicide in 1942. Two years later he was captured by Nazis in World War II's epic Battle of the Bulge....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Kurt Vonnegut - The Only Story of Mine Whose Moral I Know

- Kurt Vonnegut - The Only Story of Mine Whose Moral I Know "This is the only story of mine whose moral I know. I don't think it's a marvelous moral; I simply happen to know what it is : We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." "Look out, Kid!" -Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues Vonnegut's work is rife with instances of lie become truth. Howard Campbell's own double identity is a particularly strong example, although Vonnegut's message is subtle....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

- Coincidentally, when thought about, all mythological stories seem to be written with the same communal ideas in mind. Back in ancient times, all of the authors were oblivious to the fact that they were all writing stories that were hypothetically the same. Authors nowadays are much more familiar with the theory of the Monomyth. Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, describes the theory that all archetypical heroes follow a single supernatural journey throughout their story. The Monomyth consists of three main stages: The Departure, Initiation, and the Return....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Odysseus]

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Feminist Perspective of The Lie

- Feminist Perspective of The Lie   Women have long struggled and battled against men in an attempt to obtain equality. In the story, "The Lie," the character Sylvia Remenzel portrays many of the qualities in a stereotypical female that women for generations have been trying to prove wrong. Her thoughts and actions, plus the possible opinions of females reflecting upon her character, and the fact that this character was written by a male will show the neglect by which the role was depicted.      To begin, Sylvia's questions throughout the story are naive and juvenile.  For example, “I wonder how many Remenzels have gone to Whitehill,” and “You think those people will like those rooms?” Que...   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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The Satire of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- The Satire of Cat's Cradle       Cat's Cradle is, "Vonnegut's most highly praised novel. Filled with humor and unforgettable characters, this apocalyptic story tells of Earth's ultimate end, and presents a vision of the future that is both darkly fantastic and funny, as Vonnegut weaves a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness" (Barnes and Noble n.pag).  In Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut uses satire as a vehicle for threatened self-destruction when he designs the government of San Lorenzo.  In addition, the Bokonists practice of Boko-maru, and if the world is going to end in total self destruction and ruin, then people will die, no matter how good people are and what religion peop...   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]

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The Masterpiece of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- The Masterpiece  of Cat's Cradle      Kurt Vonnegut,  critically acclaimed author  of several best-selling novels, uses  self-expression and psychological manipulation to  stress to the reader  his beliefs and ideas dispersed within  the context of Cat's  Cradle. From reading this  novel, one  might attribute  perplexity pondering over the plot  and general story  line of the  book. Cat's Cradle entangles  itself  in  many  interesting  changes of events; strange outlandish ideas and psychological "black holes" can be found with just the flip of a page....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]

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Vonnegut social commentary in cats cradle

- Social Commentary in Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut’s science fiction novel, Cat’s Cradle, is chocked full of social commentary, satirical humor, and an overall pessimistic view on American Society. Through the fictional religion Bokononism Vonnegut introduces us to John, a young man who is writing a book about the day the atomic bomb was dropped. His research led him to the late Dr. Felix Hoenikker, a brilliant scientist who was deemed the “father of the atomic bomb.” Anxious to learn more about Hoenikker from his surviving children, John followed them to the impecunious island of San Lorenzo....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Kurt Vonnegut uses the imaginative story of Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five in order to help readers understand the complexity of historical events. The imaginative in Vonnegut’s novel explores the impact historical events can have on those involved, as well as the importance of perspective and bias of a writer articulating a historical event. Fictional and imaginative elements are abundant in Slaughterhouse-Five. The time travel and Billy Pilgrim’s interactions with the Tralfamadorians can help the reader understand the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut, is an anti-war book about the firebombing of Dresden, which the author witnessed in World War II. In the book, the reader is introduced with the main character Billy Pilgrim, who seems to have come "unstuck in time," rendering him the ability to travel or relive the past, present, and future (Vonnegut). Billy learns later on, from an alien race named the Tralfamadorians, that all time exists simultaneously. Vonnegut begins the book, however, with anecdotes from when he was just starting to write the book and how writing it led him to develop new ideas on war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Every scene is relatively short and not in any particular order. There might be a scene from the war, followed by a description of some part of his childhood, followed by a story of his married life. The book is told in the order in which Billy Pilgrim claims to have experienced them. This is quite similar in style to how Vonnegut describes Tralfamadorian literature: This description of Tralfamadorian literature almost perfectly describes how Slaughterhouse-Five is written: a collection of scenes that paints an extraordinary picture of the life of Billy Pilgrim....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five depicted that war is not going to be ever justified because innocent lives are always compromised. The text has three themes: the destructiveness of war, the illusion of free will and inevitable death. Destructiveness of War For the setting of the story, Dresden was juxtaposed Trafalmador. The former was hell on Earth and the latter, heaven. After Dresden was bombed and the soldiers emerge out of a slaughterhouse, Dresden was devastated. According to Vonnegut, it was clear that the intention was to kill everyone in Dresden....   [tags: literary analysis, kurt vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

- In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, a fictional character named Bill Pilgrim is used to depict the various themes about life and war. Vonnegut went through some harsh times in Dresden, which ultimately led to him writing about the tragedies and emotional effects that come with war. By experiencing the war first handed, Vonnegut is able to make a connection and relate to the traumatic events that the soldiers go through. Through the use of Billy Pilgrim and the other characters, Vonnegut is able show the horrific affects the war can have on these men, not only during the war but after as well....   [tags: literary analysis, kurt vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- One of my favorite books is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and I think that it is an excellent example of finding order in disorder. Vonnegut uses the main character, Billy, and the Tralfamadorians’ sense of time, to find order in the chaos that was the bombing of Dresden. Vonnegut has given me a new outlook on my life heading into the future and has helped me to find order in the chaos that is life’s misfortunes. Vonnegut starts off the book by saying “I thought it would be easy for me to write about the destruction of Dresden.” This is important because Vonnegut is acknowledging that he can’t just write about what happened to him during Dresden because “There is nothing intelligent t...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Death]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- ... His mother, Hazel is just too blissfully dumb to comprehend the scene, and his father is thrown off by the government issued radio that the law requires him to wear twenty-four hours a day. These events make the reader wonder what kind of a government would do such a thing and begins to plant a seed of distrust within us as well. These radios that the government issued broadcast noise to interrupt the thoughts of intelligent people such as Harrison’s father, George. He also introduces the Handicapper General and describes her as having a team of agents to ensure that the laws of equality are enforced....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut

- The short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut epitomizes what solid convictions can make people do and where this, thusly, can lead society to. The inventors of this general public firmly trust that the fundamental driver of friction is contrast among individuals. This solid conviction makes them take great measures to make everybody in the general public equivalent. As indicated by them, a definitive perfect world is the place each individual is equivalent. Be that as it may, as demonstrated further in the paper, their error of the expressions "fairness" and "joy" drives the general public well on a descending way to being an oppressed world....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- In a world that has become callous to cruelty and harshness, authors began to develop characters which embodied those who were struggling to cope with growing inhumanity and impassivity. Such authors are as postmodernists. Fragmentation and paradoxes characterize their novels. Within postmodernism, the use of science fiction allows the writer to demonstrate worldviews while avoiding the imposition of perverted casualty upon the subject. One author who has mastered the era of postmodernism is Kurt Vonnegut....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- Critic Roland Barthes has stated that “Literature is the question minus the answer.” In literature, the author of a story always presents a central question and several themes. The readers of a story are forced to create their own opinions and interpretations about the themes of the book in order to answer the central question. In Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the story introduces the central question: Is war a result of humanity’s fate or humanity’s free will. The author’s treatment of this question is important to the reader’s understanding of the work as a whole both literally and figuratively by allowing for the development of several important themes throughout the story....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- How has Slaughterhouse Five borrowed from other texts to emphasize the theme of war. The novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut is a narrative about a man named Billy Pilgrim. Billy participates in World War II and the novel follows his life and focuses on his reaction to the war and his travels to an extraterrestrial planet called Tralfamadore. Many speculate that this book reflects Vonnegut’s feelings about war and have drawn parallels between Vonnegut and Billy Pilgrim. Kurt Vonnegut has the characters read various texts throughout Slaughterhouse Five to emphasize his feelings about war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- “How nice – to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive” (Vonnegut 50). In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut introduces the genuine danger war implements on the innocent minds of soldiers by introducing Billy Pilgrim as a prisoner and Dresden bombing survivor. Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel appropriates around a science fiction theme where Billy Pilgrim becomes “unstuck” in time. This allows Billy to experience his life disorderly. "Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren 't necessarily fun....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... The use of the verb “act” gives an impression that Billy does not feel fully connected to his world. An actor by definition behaves in a way that is not genuine and pretend to be someone they normally aren’t and here Vonnegut is saying that Billy has to act when he is thrown into any moment of his life. It could be suggested that Billy has PTSD and his time traveling might just be him blanking out, but it doesn’t erase the fact that he still have to ‘act’ a certain way for fear of being considered strange....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... The narrator describes it as such, “There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are sick and so much listless playthings of enormous forces” (208). With the fact that the statement is directed at the reader in mind, one can infer that Vonnegut is expressing his own feelings about determinism. The author may be stating that one can not have character, if he is not making his own decisions. F. Brett Cox points out that, “Those characters who claim to have some degree of control are, almost without exception, clueless, or cruel, or both” (Paragraph 9)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- In Slaughterhouse Five written by Kurt Vonnegut, the plot focuses on a man who tends to regress back to his childhood, and earlier life using three important themes. These important themes are the destructiveness of war, the illusion of free will, and the importance of sight. In this novel, Kurt Vonnegut reflects on his experiences in the war in 1945 as a prisoner of war. This man is named Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim is a former prisoner of war who tends to be stuck in the same mindset as before....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... The first is that, because Billy cannot change his indifferent nature, he must always be indifferent. This represents the illusion of free will since regardless of what Billy might do, it must correspond to his character. Although Billy seems to stray by asking the question, he immediately reverts and carries on with his lifestyle. A second possible reason for Billy 's inability to answer the question is that it is simply impossible to do so. From the perspective of Billy and the Tralfamadorians, time is nonlinear and chaotic; in his journeys through time, "Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next" (Vonnegut 23)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse-Five “So it Goes”: Someone breaks something. So it goes. Somebody dies. So it goes. Throughout Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughterhouse-five”, “so it goes” was stated 106 times expressing the general sense of acquiescence to the way things are. The author made that the catchphrase to show that bad things that occur should be accepted, because there is nothing that can be done to change it, bringing in the idea of fate. Vonnegut made very big examples of using “so it goes” with people that went through these types of events, the Tralfamadorians that the main character Billy Pilgrim encountered, and the story from the Gideon bible that was alluded to in the novel....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- After I read the “Slaughterhouse-Five” (Kurt Vonnegut, 1969), I found it interesting that the author wrote this satirical novel about World War II experiences using time travel. Even though the time travel makes the story look chaotic and confused, I believe the author had deep meaning about the time travel. Also, the author uses a lot of black humor to critical the war. In our world today, there are still some wars especially in the Middle East. I think that really not good for developing and have much more bad effect for people who live around the war....   [tags: World War II, War, Want, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... He loses consciousness, but the music continues. At the end of this passage, the narrator tells the reader that Pilgrim is rescued and that he resents it. “He dimly sensed that somebody was rescuing him. Billy resented that” (Vonnegut, 44). It could be said that Billy Pilgrim resents being rescued because if he had instead died at this young age, he would never have to feel anything but the water and the beautiful music. He would not have to go back to present day and the unhappiness that is war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, he talks about World War II and the bombing of Dresden. He writes about this historical event through the character Billy Pilgrim, Billy is drafted into the army at age twenty-one during World War II. He is captured and sent to Luxembourg and then later Dresden as a prisoner. Throughout the novel Vonnegut constantly ridiculous Billy. He describes Billy as a character that has no individualism and no choice in anything that happens in his life. Billy is used to show that everything happens because of fate....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Craycraft 1 Miller Craycraft Teacher Name English I Honors Summer Assignment July 20, 2015 Slaughterhouse Five Slaughterhouse Five, a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, is a story of Billy Pilgrim. This antiwar, science fiction novel takes place approximately between 1945-1968 in the United States. The novel primarily follows Billy Pilgrim on a journey of sometimes real life and other times post traumatic war memories of being in a meat locker in Dresden, where he narrowly escapes death....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut Junior is a praised author as well as a veteran of World War II, his well-known novel, Slaughterhouse Five, allowing him to put his experiences of the war into writing, though it’s much more fictionalized than one would think. Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war novel that comments on various topics of war; how war desensitized soldiers to death (both during the war and post-war), the gruesome daily life the prisoners of wars carried, and indirect advocation against the Vietnam War....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The, By And Antigone By Kurt Vonnegut Jr, And `` Antigone ``

- The natural drive to remain alive is exhibited by all living things. It is the very foundation of human nature, and it seems every effort is made to preserve life. However, occasionally an individual will knowingly and confidently walk to their own death. Sacrificial rebellion is a phenomenon well illustrated in the works "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, and "Antigone" by the philosopher and poet Sophocles. Why is it that the characters Harrison and Antigone willing to die for their ideals or values....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of `` Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Vonnegut sees this as a terrible idea, given that by weakening members of society to achieve equality rather than attempting to improve the weaker links, this will weaken the society and lead to its inevitable crash. Vonnegut uses the story in order to point out his views on the piece, and utilizes each of the story’s few characters in order to make a generalization towards the types of people that would exist in an authoritarian environment such as the one he has created for this story. The story follows the parents of the titular character in the year 2081, after the government passed several amendments to the United States Constitution ensuring equality for all....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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`` Harrison Bergeron `` By Kurt Vonnegut Junior

- Abraham Lincoln once stated “These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This is, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have it.” It is widely believed that fairness cannot be achieved without placing parameters upon others. This idea destroys our differing perceptions of what it means to shape a “fair” community. Equality and fairness often coincide, and with that, their respective definitions are commonly misinterpreted. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Junior, it is essential for the reader to acknowledge that one 's perspective of an ideal society reflects their measure of self-worth, because it affects the way we interpret events in our daily...   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Cat 's Cradle By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Breed; “People suggest things all the time, but it isn 't in the nature of a pure-research man to pay any attention to suggestions. His head is full of projects of his own, and that 's the way we want it” (42). Science is invented in one’s mind and can become anything and give one’s life meaning. Scientists find meaning with their research which consists of proven truths of how certain objects are made and used. Through the innovation of science and religion the world around us becomes full of hidden truths....   [tags: Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Bokononism]

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Harrison Bergeron Is Written By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Then Harrison showed up at the studio in person and took over the live transmission. He took off his handicappers to set himself free and declared himself as an emperor. He asked one ballerina to join him and one of them came forward and she was the most beautiful and talented among all. He called that ballerina his empress and asked the musicians to take off their handicappers to play their best music. The couple danced on music, elevated in air, kissed the ceiling and then kissed each other....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Dystopian World

- Set one hundred and twenty years in the future, Kurt Vonnegut’s dystopian world short story “Harrison Bergeron” is about the outcome of what happens when the government takes over due to people in society pleading for equality. Ranging from physical looks to one’s intelligence, it seems that people are continually unsatisfied with themselves when compared to others. However, there is one boy who refuses to conform to the laws set in place by the Handicapper General. Harrison Bergeron is that boy....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Harrison Bergeron

- ... Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else [...]” (Vonnegut 1224). Not to mention there being agents of the United States Handicapper General. Staples also found himself in need of a way to fit in. His way was rather different, as he was the only one who needed a handicap in regards to acceptance. Staples would need to employ measures in order to minimize the anxiety of nervous white people. When riding the train, he would, “[...] whistle melodies from Beethoven and Vivaldi and the more popular classical composers [...]” because as he says, “[...] everybody seems to sense that a mugger wouldn’t be warbling bright, sunny selections from V...   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Burma]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's Harrison Bergeron

- Many times it is easy for a reader to identify the specific writing style of a piece, but people rarely analyze how the style is communicated. Style can be communicated through tactics such as juxtaposition. The use of this tactic propels the author’s writing style and many times reveals an underlying message that the writer is attempting to convey to their audience. In Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut concerns himself with the issue of the destruction of free speech rights by the equal rights movement in the 1950’s and early 1960’s and communicates his feelings toward the issue through a satirical writing style and juxtaposition....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Free Will, Warfare, Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

- Free Will and Warfare in Slaughterhouse Five Slaughterhouse Five is an oddly charming, anti-war book with a rather relevant historical background written by Kurt Vonnegut, who experienced first hand the events in Dresden during World War II. Vonnegut was a prisoner in Dresden, Germany, and at the time Dresden was a relatively defenseless and militarily bleak city. "The city was fire bombed so successfully (and senselessly) that 135,000 civilians were killed in the violent fire storm" (McKean). The suffering in Dresden was so horrible that writers, artists and historians have had a hard time conveying how horrible it actually was....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Blind Faith in Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

- In current society, critical thinking can be sparse. It is unusual that people question the traditions they have grown up with. Although this ignorance can be safe and simple, its outcome is ultimately problematic. In the satire Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut proves that undiscerning belief in anything will inevitably end in tragedy. Vonnegut demonstrates this using sensitive topics such as Science and Religion. In the present day, society depends on Science greatly; it supplies jobs, provides technology capable of saving lives, and furthers our society in many positive ways....   [tags: literary analysis, kurt vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... British Soldiers are already in the camp who welcomes the American POW by asking if they would like to attend their musical version of Cinderella. One can see that although this is a prisoner of war camp (basically a make-shift prison) the prisoners are putting on a performance of Cinderella, and thus Vonnegut is adding a bit of humor to a rather horrific situation. Later in the American POW discover that the British POW are using soap and candles made from human fat rendered from Nazi victims, but the use of the soap and candles are considered normal and not questioned....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Black comedy]

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An Analysis Of Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- An Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Karol T. Bista ENH 110 Mr. M. W. Hickman October 12, 2015 An Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five features numerous characters, some of which are major, and others minor. Primarily, the major characters, in no particular order, starts off with Billy Pilgrim, arguably the main character and hero of the book itself. Billy Pilgrim is almost like a funny looking, ragdoll or tool-like character during the course of the book....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Repressive Society in Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

- The story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is120 years in the future, which allows us to more easily accept some of the bizarre events that happen in the story such as when the character Harrison Bergeron is dancing with a ballerina and there is no law of gravity and motion, so they can almost touch the studio ceiling which is thirty feet high. The author emphasizes in his work themes such as freedom, mind manipulation, the American dream, and media influence, also the opposition between strength and weakness and knowledge and ignorance....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- What would happen if one possessed the ability to travel through time without any limitations. What kind of person this person would become. Time travel has been one of most thrilling topics in the science fiction novels. Questions about time travel always provoke readers’ deliberate thinking about their own lives. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five has been always a popular book that probes into these questions about time travel. In the book, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is a World War II veteran who “has come unstuck in time”....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's An American Writer

- Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short fictional story called Harris Bergeron. He was an American writer that was known for his science fiction stories and has since passed. Kurt Vonnegut had a terrible life that included the suicide of his mother, losing his sister to cancer and was a survivor of the Dresden bombing. This short story takes place in the future around the year 2081. Due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments under the law, everyone is treated as an equal. With that being said, no one is prettier, smarter or stronger than anyone else....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Armie Hammer]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... The time travel helps to tell the story of Billy Pilgrim in broad scenes in his life and to get deeper in Billy’s head. The encounter Billy Pilgrim has with the Tralfamadorians is a fabrication of his tormented mind. Billy construed a whole new dimension to assist him in coping with the damage he sustained in Dresden. The era of time right before Billy went to war was a tumultuous time. In the later years of the 1960’s, Slaughterhouse-Five was published which also happened to be during the decade where the Cold War started to gain momentum and the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union reached its climax....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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- ... Mary O’Hare’s truth about war being fought by inept babies is confirmed by Billy Pilgrim’s account of his troop in World War II. Billy was not dressed as a soldier should be, lacking a helmet, an overcoat, a weapon, and boots. In fact, “He didn’t look like a soldier at all. He looked like a filthy flamingo” (33). Much like other children sent into the war, Billy was not prepared for what he would face. To other soldiers he seems laughable, a joke on the face of the entire army, but all other soldiers are as unprepared as Billy....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, World War II]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- Imagine experiencing the events of your life in a random order. How would you view your life if it seemed more like a collection of moments rather than a story. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim is a chaplain’s assistant during World War II who claims to be "unstuck in time." Billy seemingly jumps from one moment in his life to the next without his control or consent. Billy also believes that aliens, known as Tralfamadorians, abducted him. These events may seem silly considering all of the serious and grim experiences that Billy faces in the war, but they are far from comical....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Time travel]

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

- Ever since the beginning of time, Americans have been struggling to obtain equality. The main goal is to have a country where everyone can be considered equal, and no one is judged or discriminated against because of things out of their control. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Plays with this idea of total equality in his futuristic short story, Harrison Bergeron. The setting is in 2081, where everyone is equal. No one is allowed to be better than anybody else. The government makes anyone who would be considered above average wear a transmitting device to limit their thoughts to twenty seconds at a time, which is considered average in this day....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Irony, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' The Tortoise And The Hare '

- If a million different people read the same story, it would not be surprising to have a million different interpretations. The way the authors uses and places elements such as symbols, and motifs in the story has a lot to do with how the reader will interpret it. In some stories like The Tortoise and The Hare, the point the author is trying to make is crystal clear. Often time the author does not make the point obvious so that the reader can make their conclusion on what the message of the story is....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- ... This just shows one character that had to wear weights around necks and have a handicap radio, whereas the rest of the citizens were suffering the same as George or even worse. Other examples include ballerinas that had to wear masks that hides their beauty. In the story, the narrator says, “They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in” (Vonnegut 195)....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- For those unfamiliar with Kurt Vonnegut’s writings, many of them are categorized as “science-fiction”, however, many of his stories are not too far from reality. One example of this is Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”. The story illustrates the dangers that lay in trying to form a perfect utopian society. The story shows how total equality can have detrimental consequences. The story revolves around a central theme that creating total equality can be dangerous for society. The story, “Harrison Bergeron” is set in the future; the year 2081 to be exact and centers on a family of three: Hazel, George, and their 14-year-old son, Harrison....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut

- What would happen to the world if everyone in our society was equal in every aspect. Would this create utopia or hell. In this short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. America has finally achieved full social equality, and living up to the first amendment fully. In this futuristic society, handicaps force this equality, the strong, the beautiful, the intelligent are forced to wear weights, masks, and headphones. These constraints force equality among the American people from beauty and brains, to strength....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- ... Unlike Hazel, who is incapable of processing and synthesizing her own opinions and thoughts, her husband, George Bergeron consists of the mental capacity to think for himself. Due to George’s advantages, he has “a little mental handicap radio in his ear – he was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter, and every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noises to keep people like George from taking an unfair advantage of their brains,” (Vonnegut Jr....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- ... Far to say that this lady is dumb and ugly, because we don’t have enough evidence in the story to confirm so, we can assume that she is the personification of the lowest mediocrity in this futuristic society. The story never mentioned her “handicaps” and that makes us apprehend that maybe the society assumed that she has already enough of natural handicaps to be burdened with other “handicaps”. Or, maybe the society is not as partial as it pretended to be. In a world where everyone should be at the same level, where no one is different and where no one should be jealous or fearful of any other people....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Kurt Vonnegut - The Man and His Work

- Kurt Vonnegut – The Man and His Work One of the best, most valuable aspects of reading multiple works by the same author is getting to know the author as a person. People don't identify with Gregor Samsa; they identify with Kafka. Witness the love exhibited by the many fans of Hemingway, a love for both the texts and the drama of the man. It's like that for me with Kurt Vonnegut, but it strikes me that he pulls it off in an entirely different way. Kafka's work is a reaction to his mental anguish, which is kind of like Vonnegut, who has dealt with the bulk of his personal hardships throughout his career, but those hardships are not his sole motivation....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut as Social Critic

- Kurt Vonnegut as Social Critic          Those who write on the human condition are often philosophers who write with convoluted language that few can understand. Kurt Vonnegut, however, focuses on the same questions, and provides his own personal answers with as much depth as that of the must educated philosopher. He avoids stilted language typical of philosophers, using shorter sentences, less complex vocabulary, humorous tangents, and outrageous stories to get his point across. With this style, Vonnegut presents the age-old question "How do we as humans live in this world?" in a manner appealing and understandable to the less educated mass....   [tags: Works of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.]

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Human Fallibility Exposed in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat's Cradle

- Oscar Wilde, an acclaimed Irish Poet, novelist, dramatist and critic once aptly commented, “Men become old, but they never become good”. The philosophical aspect of this quote relies on the basis that human beings are inherently malevolent. Through his pessimistic perspective, Wilde clearly captures the ill-disposed mindset of mankind. Moreover, there are various deductive arguments that discredit the optimistic depiction of human nature. One of the prime examples can be found in Kurt Vonnegut’s literature....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse- Five

- In Slaughterhouse- five, Kurt Vonnegut successfully combines historical and biographical pieces to create the novel. But did he take his content too far. Vonnegut purposely gives accurate accounts of his lifetime to make his novel realistic. The realism depicted in the story includes real life descriptions of sex and gore filled images. Vonnegut also makes a habit of having dialogue with profanity. Many schools have tried to ban Slaughterhouse- Five because of the absurd amount of profanity, sexual scenes, and unpatriotic theme....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five Probes

- ... Meanwhile, the phrase “So it goes” appears throughout the book, resembling Pilgrim’s nonchalant attitude toward life. Each time someone dies, regardless of the numbers of people or how they die, trivially or heroically, Vonnegut writes, “So it goes”, which has become the most distinctive phase in Slaughterhouse Five. This repetitive usage of “So it goes” intensifies the indifferent attitude of Billy Pilgrim, which strengths the effect of satire by exaggerating the degree of nonchalance and producing annoyance in the reader, who begins to question Billy Pilgrim as a real human....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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War in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller both have a striking resemblance in the themes of anti-war and of free will. Both don’t come into full force right in the beginning but eventually become more evident. Both novels focus on one character throughout the entire novel, and each protagonist is affected by all the events around them. It changes their perspective and how they view life as a whole. Both Billy in Slaughterhouse Five and Yossarian in Catch -22, dislike war and are known as anti-war heroes....   [tags: slaughterhouse-five, kurt vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut : The Most Powerful American Authors Of The Twentieth Century

- Born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kurt Vonnegut is viewed as a standout amongst the most powerful American authors of the twentieth century. He was recognized as a writer who mixed sci-fi and humor. Vonnegut made his own remarkable world in each of his books and filled them with peculiar characters, for example, the outsider race known as the Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). In the wake of studying at Cornell University from 1940 to 1942, Kurt Vonnegut enrolled in the U.S....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Harrison Bergeron Is A Classic Sociological Tale Written By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- ... In Harrison Bergeron, the entire society was watching a television program of ballerinas dancing when “it was suddenly interrupted for a news bulletin” (Vonnegut). The announcer, who had a speech impediment, just like every other announcer, handed the bulletin to a ballerina to read. “The ballerina must be extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous, and it was easy to see that she was the strongest and most graceful of all, for her handicap bags were as big as those worn by two-hundred pound men” (Vonnegut)....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut Jr, The Futuristic Setting Of 2081

- ... Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the…Amendments to the Constitution, and…vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General” (Vonnegut 195). Diana Glampers is the base of what theoretical equality is based on in the story, she has no exceptional characteristics, thus allowing her to hold a promising position of power in the futuristic America. Diana is symbolic of the equality in the society and the driving force behind the handicapper program....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Use Of Satire in Kurt Vonnegut's Cats Cradle

- Cat's Cradle: Religion and Satire What is religion. There is no one correct answer, however, one definition that seems to cover every aspect of most established religions is, "…the most comprehensive and intensive manner of valuing known to human beings" (Pecorino). In Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut takes this definition and creates his own religion in order to satirize all others. Bokononism, Vonnegut's contrived religion, is built on foma, or harmless untruths. Bokononists believe that good societies can only be built by keeping a high tension between good and evil at all times, and that there is no such thing as absolute evil (Schatt 64)....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut]

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Quest for Purpose in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut

- Quest for Purpose in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut        Kurt Vonnegut's personal experiences force him to question the meaningless cruelties and conflicting paradigms in life.  As a second generation German-American and a witness of Dresden's bombing during World War II,  he observes firsthand the pointless destruction of which humans are capable (Dictionary 494).  He devotes his works to understanding the chaotic, cruel world he encounters.  According to  Peter Reed, Vonnegut's works feature a "...protagonist in quest of meaning in an absurd world" (500).  While struggling to understand the disordered universe around them, Vonnegut's protagonists attempt to become satisfied individuals b...   [tags: Works of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.]

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Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Paradoxical Nature of Life Exposed in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut's apocalyptic novel, Cat's Cradle, might well be called an intricate network of paradox and irony. It is with such irony and paradox that Vonnegut himself describes his work as "poisoning minds with humanity...to encourage them to make a better world" (The Vonnegut Statement 107). In Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut does not tie his co-mingled plots into easy to digest bites as the short chapter structure of his story implies....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle Essays]

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Kurt Vonnegut ' Most Horrific Moments Of World War II

- Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leiber Vonnegut were hit particularly hard by the great depression and his family was financially unstable for most of his childhood. Vonnegut studied at Cornell University, where he double majored in chemistry and biology. Shortly after graduation, Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to Germany once America entered World War II. Around this time, Vonnegut’s mother committed suicide....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Cat 's Cradle And Slaughterhouse Five

- The meaning of religion can be different for everyone; some use it to justify events happening, while others use it to turn people against each other. As Kurt Vonnegut describes tragic events during World War II, unrealistic adventures in space and destructive scientific advances, he shares his unique perspective on life and religion. Although many of his works were set during 20th century, Vonnegut satirically addresses issues that are present in today’s society. Despite efforts to prevent wars, people have not found a solution to do it....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cold War]

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Billy Pilgrim and the View of Time in "Slaughter House Five" by Kurt Vonnegut

- The year is 1944, 1945, 1964, 1967, 1968, and 1976 as Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time. For many of us we see time as a river. It drifts listlessly from the springs to the ocean. We cannot touch the same waters twice. In the Novel Slaughter House five by Kurt Vonnegut, Billy Pilgrim discovers the true abounding nature of time. And that time is not a river, but the entire ocean, every water molecule a moment in time existing all at once in the vast blue of eternity. In 1967 Billy Pilgrim was abducted by aliens called Tralfamadorians....   [tags: billy pilgrim, Slaughter House five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Choice and Direction in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- Choice and Direction in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.         Satire in American literature has evolved in response to the development of the American mind, its increasing use of free will, and the context that surrounds this notion.  Satire is the biting wit that authors (labeled satirists) bring to their literature to expose and mock the follies of society.  Satirists can be divided, however, into two groups with very different purposes.   One type  mocks simply for the enjoyment of mocking.  These satirists are found almost everywhere in the world, on every street corner, household, and television sitcom.  It is the second type of satirist who is a strong force in the world of liter...   [tags: Works of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.]

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Satire and Fantasy in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Satire and Fantasy in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle For this essay, I decided to pick two terms that describe Cat's Cradle. I felt that satire and fantasy were two terms that suited the novel quite well. The book qualifies as a satire because it makes a mockery of things that were of concern in the sixties. For example, the Cuban missile crisis was a big issue in the early sixties. Religion was taken much more seriously, and the family unit was more tightly wound. In the novel, the threat comes not from a large warhead, but from a small crystal of Ice-nine....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle]

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Satire and Surrealism in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Satire and Surrealism in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle In 1963, Kurt Vonnegut published his second novel Cat's Cradle. It is a distressing yet satirical critique of our society and the surrealistic end that is its destiny. Through his use of irony and sarcasm he attacks and exposes society's flaws while questioning its intelligence. Nothing is safe from his satiric pen. He attacks science and religion with equal intensity. He creates a novel that has left, "an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers" (back cover)....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle Essays]

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Use of Satire in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Use of Satire in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut said in The Vonnegut Statement (1973), in an interview with Robert Scholes, that one of his reasons for writing is "to poison minds with humanity…to encourage them to make a better world" (107). This idea works quite well in Vonnegut's book, Cat's Cradle. It is a satirical story of a man's quest to write a book about the day the world ended (refering to the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima), which he never finishes. What we get is a raw look at humans trying desperately to find a sense of purpose in their lives through different means such as religion, science, etc....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle Essays]

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