Kurt Vonnegut develops the binary between the Tralfamadorian and human being ideologies of time, memory and life itself throughout the narrative. Vonnegut constructs a reality where memory, free will, and time are nonexistent and unproductive....
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... Tralfamadorian way of life is impossible for humans to achieve. Vonnegut rejects this way of life because we are unable to see things the way that the aliens do. We only see in three dimensions while the aliens see in four, therefore we are not able to fully live by their ways. Humans are weighed down by the fact that they should not be passive and accept things the way that they are. Humans must look towards the past, no matter the consequence, in order to better society in the future. The human condition is the fact that humans have agency and free will, but are not capable of controlling everything. Humans should accept the things they cannot change, change the things that they can, but should always be able to tell the difference (60). Vonnegut argues that human memory is productive and serves a purpose, for without it human’s would be doomed to repeat history.
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