Epicac by Kurt Vonnegut

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EPICAC is a short story which is written by Kurt Vonnegut and published in his book ¨Welcome to the Monkey House¨ (1968). This book is a collection of short stories with different themes from war-time epics to futuristic thrillers. This story was first published before in 1950 for Collier's Weekly. Kurt Vonnegut (1992-2007) is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century. Some of his most important literary works are the following: Mother night (1961), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

Summary of the story:

The narrator begins by explaining his reasons for telling the EPICAC´s story. The narrator considers EPICAC a human despite the fact that it is a machine: the biggest computer in the world. Later, the narrator is telling us how he won her wife´s heart which it was with EPICAC´s help. At the beginning , Pat Kilgallen didn’t want to marry him because he wasn´t romantic. So the narrator says to EPICAC that his girl doesn´t love him and after he explains him what it is ¨girl¨ and ¨girl¨ by giving him definitions. He also said to him that Pat rejected him because he wasn´t poetic. In that moment EPICAC started to print out poetry. The narrator takes this poem and passes it off as his own and he left it Pat´s desk. Finally, Pat accepts marring the narrator because of his poems but she says that she wants a poem for each anniversary. The problem is that EPICAC fall in love with Pat and when the narrator realized that he said to him that women can´t love machines. This affected him so much that he decides to short-circuit himself because he knew he couldn’t be with Pat but he left him a present wedding: poems enough for the...
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