Vonnegut's Consequality Of Life

analytical Essay
1318 words
1318 words

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 While Vonnegut was fighting in the war, Vonnegut’s father became increasingly withdrawn and eventually fell into severe depression, and although Vonnegut specifically sought for a special leave to return home on Mother’s Day, his mother overdosed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. Forever after, Vonnegut viewed life as a fragile concept that could be snapped in two at any given moment. Life could also be twisted and altered depending on a person’s determination and strength. Through his novels, Vonnegut explores this concept using the perception of time as a guideline rather than an absolute truth; in short, he questions humanity’s free will. For most of the world, the concept of …show more content…

However, it is this accumulation of experiences and an unparalleled ability to address the issues of humanity that distinguishes Kurt Vonnegut from the other modern authors. Vonnegut never forces his opinion; he subtly drops hints, asks questions, and slowly allows the reader to decide for themself the implications of his writing. The goal for him is not to change anyone’s perspective, but simply encourage a re-examination of some particular themes. Even though Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle are distinctly different novels, they share many common themes, such as the delicacy of life, the violence of war, and the illusion of free will. By exploring and comparing the presentation of the themes and styles from two of Kurt Vonnegut’s classics, the reader is able to gain a unique insight into both the novels and the author, providing for a fuller understanding of Vonnegut’s intentions and meanings: depicting the true nature of

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how vonnegut questions the fragility of life and the way he depicts the flow of time in his novels.
  • Analyzes how the tralfamadorians argue that if humans cannot change anything about time, there is no such thing as free will. billy's life is just another section in the endless cycle of humanity.
  • Analyzes how vonnegut draws a fine line between fate and free will as he questions the delicateness of life.
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