The Sirens of Titans
The Sirens of Titans was written by Kurt Vonnegut then published by 1959. It starts out as a search for the meaning of life, but it turns out to be something entirely different. A fictitious meaning of life is found because what was found showed how ridiculous some things are in life. Vonnegut wanted people to take a step back, examine their lives and laugh at how ridiculous the things people took seriously even though they were miniscule in the grand scheme that was their lives. Vonnegut wanted to show people that life is not all that serious which happens to also be the theme expressed in The Sirens of Titans. According to the book, the purpose of every human in history is to deliver a replacement part to an alien from Tralfamador. The tralfamadorian alien was then to deliver a message that simply says “greetings” to another planet all while stuck on Titan – one of Saturn’s many moons. This purpose shows how insignificant Earth is to the universe. If Earth is so insignificant, how significant are the earthlings? This rationalization shows that everything a person deems significant is, as a matter of fact, not significant at all. If nothing is actually significant, why should anyone take anything seriously? This lack of significance can be applied to The Sirens of Titans take on religion. In The Sirens of Titans, a new religion is created. It is called The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent. It holds the belief that good and bad luck is not of the hand of God. Furthermore, God does not care for what the people actually do. The people of the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent attempt to make the playing field as level as possible by counteracting all of their positive attributes. Some wear weights to slow them down; others with good looks wear hideous clothing. This church is the embodiment of the theme of The Sirens of Titans. If a person of the church took life seriously, then he would not deliberately lose everything that gives...
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