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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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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- In his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut dips his words in satire and sprinkles them with hidden themes that can only be understood if one takes the necessary steps to seek them out. Upon dissecting these themes, I have come to find Vonnegut’s novel as one that unveils the mediocre reality of how society acts and thinks and offers suggestions on how the it should actually be. Such themes are also found in other pieces of literature, that when compared, evoke a better understanding of Slaughterhouse-Five....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five And Cat 's Cradle

- The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron and his novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle were all works that were inspired and reflected off events in his life....   [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 great philosopher 's book " Seneca 's Morals: of a happylife, Benefits, Anger and Clemency", he states that, " All cruelty springs from weakness." The short fiction story "EPICAC", by Kurt Vonnegut depicts the realtionship between a machine called EPICAC and a men who is the narrator himself. EPICAC is a greatest super computer ever built, has been designed for the purpose of rapid calculation, mainly for military purposes. However, it turns up that EPICAC is more than a machine but with artificial intelligence....   [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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Past Tense, No Free Will

- Past tense no free will nothing is Correcting “vision” Pilot= hitler. Piloted the germans. Hypothetical if you could kill hitler before he came into power War is inevitable. As long as life exists; conflict follows. “To the victors goes the spoils” yet entangled with the spoils lies the trauma from the never-ending battles. As the countless bodies continue dropping, mortality finally seems quantifiable. Hearing a simple thud warns the audience that another journey has ended. The final seconds of their life experiencing the crimson fluid that filled them life slowly leak away until the colors gradually turn gray....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout]

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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

- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is an anti-war historical fiction novel about the bombings of Dresden, Germany in 1945 at the end of World War II. Slaughterhouse-Five succeeds as a historical fiction novel because it is fictional and imaginative but also set in the past, rooted in factual information about that time period and the events that took place in Dresden. Much of the historical information in Slaughterhouse-Five is considered eye-witness information because the novel is semi-autobiographical because Kurt Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden and he also survived the fire bombings....   [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

- Most novels are not able to adequately present two distinct themes that oppose each other; Slaughterhouse-Five is not most novels. It is unique in almost every way, especially with respect to its themes. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut develops, to the surprise of the reader, the themes of both the necessity of the concept of free will and its illusion. While these themes seem to contradict each other, they are also complimentary. Kurt Vonnegut’s unique writing style enables the reader to perceive both of these themes in the text....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse 5 By Kurt Vonnegut

- When I read Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut I was not quiet sure how I was going to be able to complete a paper on the book. Slaughterhouse 5 was a very intense and emotional book. I was not sure how I was going to explain how I felt about the book with full emotion without giving a summary on it. I felt stuck until you came to class and read us a paper that you are very proud of. At first when you read it I was not sure how your paper related to a book then once you finished reading your paper it hit me, I then knew what I was going to write this paper about in order to talk about Slaughterhouse 5....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, 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.

- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” was created during the time frame of the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War and encompasses the definition of the word satire. Though the story itself is set in the distant future, the year 2081, one can see the influence of the past in this dark satirical portrayal of an American society. The author satirizes the very elements he was exposed to in his own environment and lifetime. Vonnegut mocks forced ideas of equality, power structures, and oppression, ideas that were prevalent and thriving in the atmosphere of his time of writing “Harrison Bergeron”....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was alive during a time in which he saw his parents being greatly affected by the Depression. His father lost his business and his mother would later overdose on prescription pills. Kurt was also drafted and served in World War Two. During this time he was also taken as a prisoner of war. He and his fellow inmates narrowly escaped an attack on the camp. When the camp was bombed the prisoners of war were being kept in a meat locker of a slaughterhouse that was sixty feet underground....   [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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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

- 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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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

- In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut tries to make sense of a seemingly meaningless world by creating a novel whose narrative is more a conjunction of events instead of a linear story. Vonnegut beings his novel with a confession about why he wrote this book, he starts, “all this happened more or less” (Vonnegut 1). As a reader it is alarms are signaled when the author themselves makes an omission about the reality of the tale about to be told. He spends the first chapter giving an autobiographical view into what shaped his life and how this book needed to be written....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut has built a universe for Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five where Billy’s cruel, unforgiving reality is contrasted by a philosophical utopia where he has learned to operate without the pains of being human. Within this self-described ‘telegraphic’ and ‘schizophrenic’ novel, Vonnegut manages to swing the reader halfway across the galaxy to a planet inhabited by a plunger-like race called the Tralfamadorians, take them into the harrowing depths of a POW camp, and show you a man who is increasingly coming undone at the seams after having lived with the psychological terrors of the Dresden bombing....   [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

- In his satirical novel Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut details the amusing, awful, and absurd happenings in the life of Billy Pilgrim. Not only does Vonnegut entertain the reader with the story of Billy Pilgrim, but he also conveys to the reader his own ideas including the irrationality of war and the concept of fatalism, all with a humorous tone. The entire novel, including its themes and its comedy, can be encapsulated in the scene in which Billy Pilgrim, having been placed in the prison compound for captured British soldiers, goes outside at night and unknowingly wanders to the latrine....   [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

- In the 1960s, music and literature were commonly used to promote anti-war messages. People used novels, pamphlets, and songs, among other things, to get their opinions out into the world. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is considered one of these anti-war novels, “one of the greatest anti-war novels ever written” (The Folio Society) in fact, though it is not necessarily one of them. It tells the tale of war, without heroes; however, many individuals still consider it an anti-war novel because of this hero-less portrayal....   [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

- “Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.” Stated Abraham Lincoln. That quotes applies to Slaughterhouse-Five because even when you think you have conquered something and achieve the victory doesn’t mean that it will last long. Billy Pilgrim is the protagonist of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Billy Pilgrim is non-heroic in the anti-war novel which makes the theme of the book Slaughterhouse-Five a man who is “unstuck” in time. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is an anti-war novel....   [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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Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- In "Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut investigates the topic of constrained balance in American culture not long from now. Vonnegut makes a world in which all living individuals are equivalent in all ways. He concentrates on making uniformity by changing excellence, quality, and knowledge rather than managing race, religion, and sex, the genuine issues of correspondence in the public eye. He composes this story to instruct the lesson that all individuals are not equivalent, but instead, they all have qualities and shortcomings making each exceptionally person....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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`` Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- In “Harrison Bergeron,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. paints a picture of a society that is made equal by handicapping the citizens. Vonnegut’s bizarre writing style exaggerates the truth, but is appropriate for the topic at hand. His satire writing has his audience really think about what image he is portraying of this crazy world where everyone one is equal, and how bizarre the idea is. The government handicaps everyone–no one looks better, has any talents, or intelligence, so all the people are equal, leaving the government with the upper hand....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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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

- Short stories throughout time have come with many different purposes. Authors have used them to entertain readers, to give insight into their own mind, and to make commentaries on society in general in many cases. An author widely renowned for his use of short stories to achieve the latter goal is Kurt Vonnegut, especially known for his social satire “Harrison Bergeron”, which he used as a commentary on both authoritarian governments and people who believed in creating “true” equality through leveling....   [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

- Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle is a novel showing the effortless dissolve of the world if we live by science or religion alone. Albert Einstein said, “All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree.” From the beginning of the novel the author is saying that religion is all made of lies, but lies are the tree from which religion, as well as science, stem from. This novel plays with the idea of creating and inventing. Through innovation, mishap, and ultimately failure science and religion become one in Cat’s Cradle....   [tags: Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Bokononism]

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Harrison Bergeron Is Written By Kurt Vonnegut

- The short story Harrison BERGERON is written by Kurt Vonnegut. This work of science fiction is a satire about an egalitarian society in the future where the government has made amendments to the United States constitution, so that everyone is equal. The force equality is enforced by United States Handicapper General by a woman named Diana Moon Glampers. People who are beautiful are forced to wear ugly masks to hide their beauty. Those who are strong and athletic are forced to wear heavy bags that are filled with lead balls to make them weaker....   [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

- Ever since our ancestors first began to diverge on the evolutionary tree there has been prejudice along with fear or hatred of those who are different, both of the aforementioned feelings are the flu of beliefs, as both hatred of dissimilar and the prejudice that comes with it can greatly harm people when it goes unchecked for too long. It’s one of humankind’s greatest accomplishments, considering that it never leaves, and that it is always seeming to ruin everything. Many works have tried to encapsulate what prejudice is or what it feels like, be it fact or fiction, though few really get the sensation across in the way that actually experiencing it does....   [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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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- Kurt Vonnegut’s Voice, Cohesion, and Rhythm in Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-five (1969) has been acclaimed by scholars for decades specifically for Vonnegut’s iconic, albeit unusual use of voice, cohesion, and rhythm. In Slaughterhouse-five Vonnegut uses a very unique voice that has come to define most of Vonnegut’s work, specifically his use of dark humor, meta-fiction, informality, disassociation; and the famous line, “So it goes” that appears 106 times in the novel. Vonnegut’s cohesion, or more accurately lack thereof, is unique to Slaughterhouse-five as the story is told in a nonlinear order that uses various flashbacks, time travel, and “sticking” in and out of tim...   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Black comedy]

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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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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

- War in itself can affect many people in many different ways, wives take on twice the responsibility, and mothers mourn the loss of their child’s innocence. At the time of this novel there had been no research on what happens when you return from war. Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five touches on how it is to deal with this mental illness before it was diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. The author uses science fiction’s raw intensity to alter Billy Pilgrim’s imagination after he returns from the war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- War novels often depict a war hero facing off against an enemy, with a winner on the other side. However, Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse Five takes an opposite approach to the telling of a war story. The narrator uses the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, to display his own anti-war sentiment. Vonnegut’s style of writing as well as his characters help to portray the effect of war on individuals and society as a whole. As the narrator states at the beginning, “there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre” (19)....   [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 '

- In the story “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut is trying to tell his readers that equality is not always good. Equality is meant that everyone is happy and no one is better than the other, but in the story, it is the complete opposite when it comes to equality. Vonnegut writes this story based on his point of view about the government and how he thought that the government was in control of its citizens. Vonnegut was a radical who thought that the government should not interfere with people’s lives....   [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 Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- In the story, Harrison Bergeron, it is the year 2081, and because of the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, everyone was made equal by different kinds of handicaps. If someone was too pretty, too smart, or too strong, they were made to wear handicaps so that they would be equal to others who were just “average.” One of the main themes in the short story, Harrison Bergeron, is total equality. If any of the citizens are above average in anyway, they must wear handicaps to make them equal....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, 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 The Book ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut

- The pages of history have longed been stained with the works of man written in blood. Wars and conflicts and bloodshed were all too common. But why. What could drive a man to kill another. Many would say it is man’s evil nature, his greed, envy, and wrath. And certainly, they all have a roll in it. But in reality, it is something far less malevolent, at least at first. The sole reason why conflicts grow and spread comes from the individuality that every human cherishes so dearly. This can easily be shown in the story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, in which a society has been created where everyone of talent has been handicapped so they are not better than anyone else, all for the sake...   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Person]

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Analysis Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

- Equality is often viewed as an idealistic concept – something that every civilization should strive for. Especially in more liberal parts of the United States, equality is demanded for everyone. At first glace, complete equality sounds optimal, but upon closer inspection, it can have detrimental effects. This prompts the question, when does equality become problematic rather than idealistic. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron” is the perfect example of a society that has taken equality too far, turning something that was once ideal into something dystopic....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- ……………Most of the numerous and very disparate urban utopias imagined since antiquity, claim more or less a social justice combining equality, fairness, and freedom. However the methods invented to reach this social justice often lead to more binding law, sometimes up to the absurd, that limited the abilities and capacities of the citizens. Thus, behind the mask of an ideal equality, is concealed in fact, a tremendous social injustice. In “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut’s shows us the consequences of sacrificing freedom for perfect equality by using the story of an excessive utopia to demonstrate that a society in which total equality exists, is not only oppressive, but also static and inef...   [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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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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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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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five Probes

- Time travel has been one of most thrilling topics in the science fiction novels. Some characters possess the ability to travel through time without any limitations. They can change the course of history. While their time travel ability fascinates their readers, time travels further provoke readers’ deliberate thinking about their own lives without the precious ability of time travel. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five probes into precisely these questions about time travel. In his immensely popular book, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is a World War II veteran who “has come unstuck in time” (Vonnegut 29)....   [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.

- A small glimmer of hope in an imperialistic world is only taken away in order to ensure equivalence in an imperfect society. Harrison Bergeron is a classic sociological tale written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. that is based on the sociological aspect of everyone being equal - not one individual could be above another. This short story focuses on the idea of symbolism by using masks and handicaps to force the social norm of being the same while foreshadowing the courage of being unique in a seemingly perfect world, all while displaying irony through the way in which our society runs today....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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

- In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, the futuristic setting of 2081, demonstrates the negative impacts of excessive equality and the detrimental effects that it can have on society. The governing body in the story is provided too much power, forcing individuals to be tamed for their individuality. The laws enforce weights to be worn upon the strong and athletic, the intelligent to stick radios on or in their ears, broadcasting government messages to disrupt their concentration, and for the good looking individuals to cover their faces with a mask....   [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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