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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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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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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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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

- ... One of the cyclopes becomes hostile toward Odysseus’ crew and in return the crew blinds him. The cyclopes, being a son of Poseidon, induces great rage upon the gods. Subsequently, a large storm attacks Odysseus and his crew, throwing them far off course, causing them to cross into the unknown. After visiting a few more islands, Odysseus is given advice to go talk to a prophet named Tiresias in the underworld, The underworld would be the the belly of the whale. Tiresias informs Odysseus of the challenges that lie ahead of him....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Odysseus]

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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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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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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

- ... Many war veterans come back to their country and cannot talk about their experiences in the war or feel they do not want to relive the experience, and so choose not to talk about them. The same can be said for Billy and Vonnegut, where they come back from the war and choose not to talk about their experiences; for example, on Billy 's honeymoon, his wife asks him to talk about his past and mentions that she feels he has deeper secrets that he does not share with her. Vonnegut himself has trouble speaking about the bombing of Dresden as well, in fact, "In the opening chapter Vonnegut, as narrator, directly addresses the reader on the difficulty of writing about the Dresden firebombing" (E...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, 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]

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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

- ... This is important because it is a coping method, by declaring that there is no free will, Vonnegut is able to look upon the bombing of Dresden as if it were a predetermined event that could not be changed no matter what. That the innocent lives that died, had to die because there is no way to change time. This made me realize that there is no reason to be mad or upset when bad things happen to me. Everything happens for a reason “When...somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say…So it goes.” This is Billy referring to the Tralfamadorians’ view that a “dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that same person is just fine in plenty of other moments.” This is important...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Death]

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Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... At regular intervals or thereabouts, the transmitter would convey some sharp clamor to keep individuals like George from exploiting their brains”. Moreover, to keep every one of the people in the general public within proper limits, the inventors set the level of equity on the lower level of inclination instead of the high. "Hazel had a superbly normal knowledge, which implied she couldn 't consider anything with the exception of in short blasts." . For instance, rather than making the less-shrewd individuals more astute, they crippled the insightful ones - removing all methods for the general public to advance, simultaneously....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... This movement took place after he had completed two years of study at Cornell University because he had enlisted in the army near the end of those two years. Having been in the military for only a year, Vonnegut was deployed as one of the soldiers to fight in the Battle of Bulge. During this, he was taken captive. Despite the odds, he survived being a prisoner of war as well as the Dresden Firebombing in 1945 which killed more people than Hiroshima. After the bombing, he was ordered to dig bodies from the rubble and destroy them in huge bonfires....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Vonnegut approaches the need to testify to these events in Slaughterhouse-Five by using a fictional narrative that seeks to both understand and evade the past. Vonnegut presents the reader with Billy Pilgrim, a man who was subject to all of war’s physical destruction and mental disturbance. When Billy Pilgrim was a prisoner of war in Dresden at the time of the bombings, he eavesdropped on the guards and he said, “There was a fire-storm out there. Dresden was one big flame. The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn” (Vonnegut, 178)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Although, Billy Pilgrim is a fictional character – it is also believed that he serves as a disguise to mask the hidden trauma the author himself has felt. Vonnegut creates this imaginary character to develop a message for us; thus, implicating that we must understand the uncertainties of life and inevitability of death being something we cannot fear. Vonnegut unintentionally illustrates this as a realization he has come to in his own life, most likely after his own war experience in Dresden, (He expresses his struggles through the P.O.V of Billy Pilgrim.) “Vonnegut’s writing of Slaughterhouse five can be seen as a therapeutic process that allows him to uncover and deal with his trauma”...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Derby however is a high school teacher and some of his older students most likely enlisted for World War II, “right at the end of childhood” (Vonnegut 14). The young men who enlisted were not old enough to understand the consequences of war and too scared to fight effectively. As Mary O’Hare, who influences the narrator to name his book The Children’s Crusade, say early in the book, “you were just babies then” (Vonnegut 14). Vonnegut believes children cannot be expected to fight, they don’t know the consequences of war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... The prayer represents Billy’s everyday life, which reminds him of his fantasy perceived world of the Tralfamadorians. The importance of sight is a very important theme in this novel. The importance of sight is a difficult concept to comprehend, but yet very true. Billy was a former optometrist. In Billy’s profession, he interacted with many lenses in which were in the eye of the world’s view to be corrected. Billy’s interpretation of the world comes from the aliens at Tralfamadore. The Tralfamadorians are against change....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... He survived the bombing and “his mother was incinerated in the Dresden fire-storm. So it goes.”(2) Vonnegut said it the moment he wrote about the death of O’Hare’s mother. He says it because it may be a tragedy but there is nothing anyone can do about it thus so it goes. Another example relating to characters would be involving Paul Lazzaro. It was said by Vonnegut that Lazzaro “had about a quart of diamonds and emeralds and rubies and so on. He had taken these from dead people in the cellars of Dresden....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... The Chinese government is not the same partisan as now in that time, they have 3 years’ war between these two different partisan, and that war killed more than 10 million people. I felt so indignation every time I remember this data. Whatever the situation went happened, but more than 10 million people died in that war, and the most thing I cannot accept is both the two armies are make up by Chinese people, the only different is they belongs to two different partisans. I cannot image how the parents will be after they know their kids died in the war, and how the wife will be when they know their husband cannot come back anymore....   [tags: World War II, War, Want, Kurt Vonnegut]

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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

- ... Once again, Vonnegut brings science-fiction into the novel, including Tralfamadorians, described in appearance as strange little toilet plunger shaped aliens, to show how greatly the war has disrupted Billy 's existence. Billy experienced time travel several times. The first time is shortly after he returns from the war. Billy first travels is the night of his daughter 's wedding. “He said he had not been missed because he had been kidnapped by the Tralfamadorians who had taken him through a time warp, so that he could be on Tralfamadore for years, and still be away from Earth for only a microsecond”....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... In World War II specifically, the living conditions of prison camps were less than desirable with the added threat of animosity not only between prisoners of different nationalities, but between prisoners from your own country as well. Throughout the novel, Pilgrim recounts his experiences in German prison camps, primarily in the prisoner transport train, the German POW camp, and Slaughterhouse Five itself in Dresden. Pilgrim describes the experience of the box car on multiple occasions; There were narrow ventilators at the corners of the car, under the eaves....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The, By And Antigone By Kurt Vonnegut Jr, And `` Antigone ``

- ... Foremost, the distinction of each character 's motives are that Antigone 's derive from a personal injustice, while Harrison 's motives stem from his disillusionment with the societal hierarchy, and his concern for all those within that society. In Antigone 's case, the decree that her brother Polyneices was to be posthumously dishonored by being denied a burial and left as carrion for scavengers was a personal transgression against her family. This is why Antigone is quick to ask her sister Ismene to support her cause....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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`` Harrison Bergeron `` By Kurt Vonnegut Junior

- ... Competition in the short story “Harrison Bergeron” was discouraged, and was often seen as a deterrent to those in society who weren 't as capable as those who had more developed mental and physical attributes. As highlighted throughout the text, Diana Moon Glampers, the United States Handicapper General, had created amendments to “equalize” society by enforcing limitations on individuals who were further advanced so to reduce what could be comprehended mentally alongside what could be accomplished physically....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Dystopian World

- ... Anyone that was more beautiful or more handsome than others had to wear masks to disguise their faces. Also, if anyone was above average intelligence they had to wear mental handicaps in their ears. And in some way the government and their people seemed to think that that made them equal between each other and with God, as well. And although this seemed to be their thinking, it is flawed. If God had wanted everyone to be equal, then why had he created everyone differently. No human being is meant to look like one another, nor are they to think and have the same IQ as each other....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia]

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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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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]

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An Analysis Of Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Bernard has aged a lot, and doesn’t drink or act as he used to. Paul Lazzaro, another major character, was a soldier who was kept as a prisoner alongside Billy. He had a body conditioned even worse than that of Billy, he was weak, had rotting teeth and bones, and boil-scarred skin. He is very hateful and violent, and vows vengeance for Roland Weary by having Billy shot. Valencia Merble is Billy’s wife, and the daughter of the owner of the optometry school, which Billy attends. She’s overweight due to uncontrollable eating, loves Billy very much; thinking no one would marry her, and dies of carbon monoxide poisoning on her way to visit Billy at the hospital after his plane crash....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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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

- ... Dianna Glampers tried everything to keep his brain from working, as well as, changing his facial features so he would look average. For example, he had to wear big glasses to obscure his eyesight, lug around heavy metal and have huge earphones around his head to distract him including a red rubber nose and black caps over his teeth. Since none of these handicaps worked, the Handicapper General took Harrison to an asylum because she couldn’t figure out how to cover his intelligence, strength and bravery and she wanted to protect the rest of society from him....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Armie Hammer]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Billy’s time travels can be viewed as the delusions of an unstable person (Cox). His past trauma is so powerful that when he remembers such moments, he feels so completely immersed in them it is as though he is physically reliving them. A prime indicator of this is that Billy first begins to travel in time while walking behind enemy lines in Germany. This moment is when he first began to experience death and violence first hand, and in order to remove himself from it, he travels to a different time in his own head....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Time travel]

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

- ... In Harrison Bergeron, the irony author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. uses is very apparent. Irony is a literary technique in which the opposite of what is meant is said or done, usually to a humorous effect. There are three types of irony used in this story; verbal, situational and dramatic. The most humorous use of verbal irony is when the narrator says “Hazel had a perfectly normal intelligence”. This is ironic because Hazel only has a twenty second memory, which is not that smart. The popular saying “she has the attention span of a gnat” comes to mind when considering a twenty second memory....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Irony, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' The Tortoise And The Hare '

- ... Vonnegut’s background on War can also lead to thinking Harrison Bergeron is a stance again communism. These interpretations are the most accepted and talked about; however, Vonnegut could be leading the reader in a different direction. Starting with the introduction of the characters, Vonnegut describes Hazel Bergeron, the mother, as being “perfectly” average. Lexi Stuckey states this was meant to serves as a “be content in your mediocrity” platform (88). Hazel wears no handicaps, but wishes she could be the Handicap General....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Dystopia]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

- ... The cost of total equality is the loss of the very attributes that individuals in a democratic society strive to achieve. As Hattenhauer describes in The Politics of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, this story shows the dangers of total equality through the process of leveling, “…the object of his [Vonnegut’s] satire is the popular misunderstanding of what leveling and equality entail” (Hattenhauer 387). Leveling refers to giving equal value to all human activities and diminishing all of the unique characteristics that make humans individuals....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, 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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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]

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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

- ... They take him and other prisoners to Dresden. Allied Forces bombed Dresden and Billy and some others prisoners were the only survivors. When he returned home, he experienced many breakdowns, which was a consequence of war. He admitted himself into a veterans’ hospital and was treated with shock therapy. Later on, he married a woman named Valencia Merble and had two children. After his daughter’s wedding, he was kidnapped by aliens called Tralfamadorians. During this time, he is put into a zoo with a woman who he was expected to mate with....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim]

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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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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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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]

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Kurt Vonnegut ' Most Horrific Moments Of World War II

- Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leiber Vonnegut were hit particularly hard by the great depression and his family was financially unstable for most of his childhood. Vonnegut studied at Cornell University, where he double majored in chemistry and biology. Shortly after graduation, Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to Germany once America entered World War II. Around this time, Vonnegut’s mother committed suicide....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Cat 's Cradle And Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Hoping that it would change the future, he with other authors started to express ideas through literature, that would invite people to stand up against the war, as it led to the appearance of postmodernism. This new movement expressed the feelings of people after war, when it showed “... Mixing and blending of cultures, ... a plurality or parallelism of intellectual and spiritual worlds … all consistent value systems collapse...” (Postmodernism). Struggles during post-war period, ideas about nuclear war and achieving stability and order had a tremendous effect on authors and their subject matter....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cold War]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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Coping Mechanisms in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

- People react differently to tragedies: some mourn, some speak up, and some avoid the sorrow. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut suggests the danger and inhumanity of turning away from the discomfort by introducing Billy Pilgrim as someone who is badly affected by the aftermath of the Dresden bombing, and the Tralfamadorians as the aliens who provide an easy solution to Billy. It is simpler to avoid something as tragic as death, but Vonnegut stresses the importance of confronting it. Vonnegut, like many artists, expresses his ideas through his creations....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five]

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Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five, a Novel Written by Kurt Vonnegut

- ... He soon married and had three children, and worked at General Electric and wrote and published short stories to support his family. In 1952, his very first novel, “Player Piano” was published. Over the next 17 years, Vonnegut published 5 more novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five in 1969. This was the book that launched his fame, and a film adaptation of the book soon followed in 1969, which was successful and only increased his popularity further. He went on to write 9 more novels before his death in 2007....   [tags: Germany, Bombing, World War II]

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Religious Allusions in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

- Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional novel “Cat’s Cradle”, indirectly explores issues that parallels into topics such as religion, scientific/technological advancements, political power and much more. Vonnegut’s novel is narrated by a character named Jonah (John). He, Jonah, sets out to write an anthropological book based off of what key people were doing on the day that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Throughout Vonnegut’s novel it can clearly represents how a writer can become a very destructive person to society....   [tags: literature, destructive writing, fiction]

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The Perfect Paragraph And Kurt Vonnegut 's Writing With Style

- ... Safire demonstrates how important it is to break articles off into paragraphs to inform his readers on the basic importance paragraphing holds in writing. Paragraphing makes reading easier to do, “that’s the purpose of paragraphing: to give the reader a breather by sensibly breaking up the prose” (37). While Safire is amusing to read, yet he does not provide his audience with a step by step guide to creating a perfect paragraph. Instead, he offers the understanding of the concept and leaves it to the readers to decide what they are comfortable with....   [tags: Writing, Writer, Writing process, Paragraph]

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The Doctrines of Kurt Vonnegut

- The Doctrines of Kurt Vonnegut The writing of Kurt Vonnegut exhibits perception without restriction and imagination without limitation. It surpasses mountains of ignorance and rivers of innocence to extend emotions for society to sympathize with reality. He incorporates his knowledge and view-points into a variety of literary genres for everyone to learn of his inquiries and philosophies. To draw readers into his sphere of influence, Kurt Vonnegut administers an inflection on the present to state other tenses (Schatt 148)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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