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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] 990 words
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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] 1026 words
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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] 698 words
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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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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] 2311 words
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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] 2579 words
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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] 779 words
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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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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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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] 1247 words
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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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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] 762 words
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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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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] 1029 words
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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 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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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] 1440 words
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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] 424 words
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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] 1163 words
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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] 792 words
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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] 468 words
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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] 496 words
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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions Who would have ever thought the way a radioactive particle decays would relate to whether or not we have bad attitudes towards life. Who would have ever suspected that the structure of space-time would be so closely linked to whether or not we would marry rich wives. And who indeed would have ever expected that the properties of light might affect whether or not we go on homicidal rampages. Perhaps Kurt Vonnegut did. Could it be possible that a writer known more for his pictures of assholes than his knowledge of advanced physics actually centered some of the deepest concepts in his works on the philosophical implications of gen...   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Breakfast Essays]
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Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five Great artists have the ability to step back from society and see the absurd circus that their world has become. Such satirists use their creative work to reveal the comic elements of an absurd world and incite a change in society; examples include Stanley Kubrick’s film, Dr. Strangelove, and Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch-22. Both works rose above their more serious counterparts to capture the critical voice of a generation dissatisfied with a nation of warmongers....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five Essays]
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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - ... Also, he uses Biblical situations which impresses Glover; introducing the concept of Christianity and kindness into the minds of people. The critic points out the fact that Vonnegut does not take all matters seriously and is very humorous with his writings. Other critics tend to see Vonnegut as not being highly acclaimed or not accepting to the academic canon. Lastly, Glover points out the fact that Vonnegut uses time travel to help create imagery into foreshadowing and creativeness. Vonnegut is an effective writer and makes an impression on numerous literary fanatics....   [tags: hansel and gretels, massacre in europe]
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The Life and Writings of Kurt Vonnegut - Kurt Vonnegut is celebrated as one of the most successful novelist in the Post-Second World War period in the America. His literary works have had varied impacts on American culture, including the use of the word “karass” amongst college students, the naming of the pop groups “Ice Nine Kills” and “The Billy Pilgrims”, and the frequent use of the term “So it goes” as written in Vonnegut’s obituary on the New York Times (Farrell, p.ix). This article examines the impacts of Vonnegut’s on his literary work....   [tags: Biography ]
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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - A man begins to cry. Not because of sorrow or joy, but because he’s terrified. The man who once enjoyed viewing the firework show that symbolized the freedom of his nation now cowers, because of the hardships he endured to maintain the freedom of his nation. Like many war veterans, the man suffers from PTSD. Billy Pilgrim, a WWII veteran, also suffers from PTSD. While Kurt Vonnegut wrote his novel Slaughterhouse-five before PTSD became an official diagnosis, the protagonist of his story, Billy Pilgrim, displays the disease’s symptoms....   [tags: post war hysteria, billy pilgrim, ptsd ]
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Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut - Harrison Bergeron is a story written by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s story is a warning to the world about the quest of equality, which is spreading all round in many nations with America on the lead. The story shows the reader how the equality issue can have negative impacts on people’s individuality, and the society. The story revolves around the protagonist, Harrison Bergeron who is an archetypical symbol that represents defiance, and individuality. He is used to represent the people who will stand up, and protest against cruel laws imposed by the state on equality, and encourage others to protest with him....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron Essays]
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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse-five strives to remember the tragedy of the bombing of Dresden. Kurt Vonnegut constructs his novel around a main character who becomes “unstuck in time” (23). Billy Pilgrim’s life is told out of order, which gives him a different perspective than the rest of the world. Billy lives through his memories, and revisits events in his life at random times and without warning. Vonnegut introduces Billy Pilgrim to the Tralfamadorian way of thinking about memory and time so that he can cope with being unstuck in time....   [tags: remembering the bombing of Dresden, book review] 1576 words
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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut - Over the course of Kurt Vonnegut’s career, an unorthodox handling of time became one of many signature features in his fictional works (Allen 37). Despite The Sirens of Titan (1959) being only his second novel, this trademark is still prevalent. When delving into science fiction, it is often helpful to incorporate ideas from other works within the genre. This concept is exemplified by the “megatext,” an aspect of science fiction that involves the application of a reader’s own knowledge of the genre to a new encounter (Evans xiii)....   [tags: unorthodox handling of time] 1155 words
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Kurt Vonnegut - A man of many (yet respectable) words, Kurt Vonnegut was always ready to express his intricately woven philosophies in his literature and art. After facing many personal trials including his mother’s suicide and his prisoner of war status, Vonnegut had a wealth of material to write about. Self described as a Freethinker and Humanist, Vonnegut wrote an impressive catalog of science fiction philosophy novels. Although at worst he was described as simply a “comic book philosopher,” the majority of the scholarly world sees him dark moral comedy king and as an expert social satirist and humanist....   [tags: Biogrophy]
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True Happiness in The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut and Hans Weingartner's The Eduakators - True Happiness in The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut and Hans Weingartner's The Eduakators A large parcel of the population has as their ultimate goal in life achieving well-being. Unfortunately many try to achieve it through the wrong means. For instance, in The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut, Malachi Constant thinks he is truly happy, but what he really does is fulfill his hedonism, satisfy his shallow needs, without truly searching for a higher form of well-being. Not only does a life focused on hedonic satisfaction not achieve true happiness, it also leads, along with the urge to accumulate, egocentrism, and greed, to an unethical life....   [tags: Vonnegut Weingartner Eduakators Essays]
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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war science fiction novel entitled, Slaughter House Five otherwise known as “The Children’s Crusade” or “A Duty Dance with Death,” is a classic example of Vonnegut’s eccentric and moving writing capabilities.Originally published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five pays tribute to Vonnegut’s experiences in World War Two, as an advanced scout in the 106th infantry division, a prisoner of war and witness to the firebombing of Dresden on February 13th, 1945 in which 135,000 people were killed, making it the greatest man-caused massacre of all times.This novel illustrates the cruelties and violence of war along with the potential for compassion in human nature and all that it encomp...   [tags: Classic Literature] 560 words
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Equality of Life in Kurt Vonnegut's Works - Equality of life Will Rogers once said “We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.” This quote is what we should strive for in reality but in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”, “Harrison Bergeron”, and “All the King’s Horses” this is the exactly the opposite of what occurs in his stories. In “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”, the earth is overcrowded, people live forever, the same politicians have been in office forever and no one recognizes each other’s rights....   [tags: humanity, satire, society]
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Unequality in Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut - Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” Kurt Vonnegut portrays Aristotle’s philosophy brilliantly in his short story “Harrison Bergeron.” The story depicts the American government in the future mandating physical handicaps in an attempt to make everyone equal. Vonnegut describes a world where no one is allowed to excel in the areas of intelligence, athletics, or beauty. Yet, the inequalities among the people shine even brighter....   [tags: aristotle, society, god]
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Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" - I. Author- Kurt Vonnegut’s background had an endless influence upon his writing. In his early years, Vonnegut was a private in the 106th infantry division in World War II. He and five scouts were caught behind enemy lines, and then captured. They were held POWs and were beaten on various occasions. In 1945, they witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany. Kept during this time in a slaughterhouse, this is part of the inspiration for Slaughterhouse-five. After being released from the Slaughterhouse, Vonnegut called Dresden “utter destruction” and “carnage unfathomable”....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr - ... (29) As stated above, the time travel aspect of this novel is simply a metaphor of how Billy Pilgrim is struggling with letting go of his past and the above quote demonstrates this completely. Vonnegut writes that Billy walks through one door in 1955 and comes out another one in 1941 and that he visits random moments of his life. Billy visiting random little moments of his life could just be a sign that, because the war affected him so strongly, that he is having trouble letting go. The next quote where Vonnegut addresses the after effects of war is, “Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next and the trips aren’t necessarily fun” (29)....   [tags: violence of war, fire-bombing, germany] 1401 words
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Writing Techniques in Art Spiegelman's Maus and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five - Writing Techniques in Art Spiegelman's Maus and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five BAM. ZONK. POW. ZAP. What images do these words bring to mind. For many people, they illicit scenes of Batman and his sidekick Robin, fighting their way through a legion of bad guys while arriving only seconds after their arch-villain has escaped. From these short, succinct, nonsense words, images of battles are painted over a much larger canvas; the delicate balance and constant struggle between good and evil is illustrated in black and white terms....   [tags: Spiegelman maus Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Essays] 1986 words
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The Life Of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - The Life of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a famous American author "known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction" (Kurt Vonnegut). Although Kurt Vonnegut is most widely known as a science fiction writer, what if his readers knew that he didn't consider himself that at all. He once said he "learned from the reviewer" that he was a science fiction writer. Regardless of what Kurt Vonnegut considers himself, he is one of the most sought-after science fiction writers in history....   [tags: Biography] 1819 words
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The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut - The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is one of the preeminent writers of the later half of the twentieth century. His works are all windows into his mind, a literary psychoanalysis. He examines himself as a cog in the corporate machine in "Deer in the Works"; as a writer through the eyes of Kilgore Trout in several works; and most importantly, as a prisoner of war in Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut created short stories and novels that dealt with events in his life. One of the most obvious self examinations is in "Deer in the Works"....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 957 words
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