1. What did Vonnegut base his novel Slaughterhouse Five on? Vonnegut based his novel Slaughterhouse Five on his own experience as a prisoner of war during World War II.
2. In what genre did Vonnegut most often write?
Vonnegut most often wrote satire, but was not restricted to that genre.
3. How did being a journalist influence Vonnegut's writing?
Journalism influenced Vonnegut by making him apply three major rules of journalism. Get the facts right, compose straightforward declarative sentences, and know your audience.
4. Describe what life was like during the 1970's for Vonnegut. While he was successful due to his published work Slaughterhouse Five he suffered many personal blows. After his son grew older he left the household and his marriage with his wife Jane fell apart. After said events Vonnegut moved from Cape Cod to New York City, fell into a deep depression, becoming withdrawn and developing a writer’s block. Vonnegut wrote two books in the mid 70’s Slapstick and Breakfast of Champions, both having themes of family disintegration. These books helped Vonnegut to move past lingering emotional problems he had dealt with since childhood.
5. Discuss the topic or theme for any two of Vonnegut's works. Be sure to include the name of the work. Vonnegut had a style of deadpan black humor. He utilized the darkness of a situation and brought humor through it regardless of the topic by using a satirical style of writing. He shows throughout his novels published through the 60’s such as The Cat’s Cradle, and Slaughterhouse Five. PART TWO
1. How are George and Hazel Bergeron described? What sort of life do they lead? They are a married couple living in 2081 under the new laws of equality setting the standard of monotony among the population. Hazel is described as a woman of entirely average intelligence who cannot retain any amount of knowledge for an extended period of time. George is described as a man of well above average intelligence...
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