Essay about The Satire of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

Essay about The Satire of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

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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 people believe.

 

             An example of satire that Kurt Vonnegut uses is when he designs the government of San Lorenzo.  San Lorenzo is a small island somewhere in the Caribbean.  The people in San Lorenzo are doomed to failure no matter what leader they have, and they have always been this way.  San Lorenzo, in the novel, is pictured as one of the most unsuccessful and useless places on earth.  The people there are very poor, do not have much to eat, and do not have any motivation left at all, "Johnson and McCabe had failed to raise the people from the misery and muck" (Scholes 133).  Thus, that is why they do not care anymore who there leader is going to be, because they know that they are going to fail anyway, "Everybody was bound to fail, for San Lorenzo was as unproductive as an equal area i...


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