Many advanced thought processes began to develop as a result of the World War II period. One of these became known as postmodernism. This genre is a direct challenge to many of the modernist themes. For example, the human ability to use reason to address any fundamental truth of physical and social conditions and make them amenable to rational control was central to modernism but disputed within postmodernism (Salberg, Daniel). Marked by silence, deconstruction, antitheses, schizophrenia, and immanence, postmodernism was an intensely emotional respon...
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..., Slaughterhouse-Five serves many purposes. It is a historical narrative centered on real events as well as an opportunity for Vonnegut to tell his story and possibly gain some closure with the brutality that he witnessed. The messages within Slaughterhouse-Five are powerful because this novel was written purely to bring light to a critical and often disregarded experience which distinctly defined his life. To enforce the understanding of the increasing indifference towards violence in the world, Vonnegut masterfully uses absurd qualities and highly satirical rhetoric. His past lead him to the philosophies of humanism which are prevalent in all of his novels. It is the combination of all of the stylistic elements in Vonnegut’s writing that earned him a name in American literature and is perhaps the reason that his narratives remain impactful nearly fifty years later.
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