"Kurt Vonnegut" Essays and Research Papers

Kurt Vonnegut

author Kurt Vonnegut uses the influence of technology in many of his short stories. In the short story “Welcome to the Monkey House,” “Harrison Bergeron,” and “EPICAC” there is a common theme of dehumanization from technology/science and authority. Kurt Vonnegut also uses literary elements and techniques that are common in all three of these short stories. Some techniques and elements such as characterization, style, conflict, setting, and or course the theme of his stories. In Kurt Vonnegut’s...

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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a contemporary American author whose works have been described by Richard Giannone as "comic masks covering the tragic farce that is our contemporary life" (Draper, 3784). Vonnegut's life has had a number of significannot influences on his works. Influences from his personal philosophy, his life and experiences, and his family are evident elements in his works. Among his "comic masks" are three novels: Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Throughout...

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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most prominent writers of the early twentieth century. He based a majority of his writings on World War II, which he took part in. In his book “Slaughter House 5”, Vonnegut effectively uses his techniques of characterization, symbolism, and theme to establish the major themes of the novel. Vonnegut constantly uses characterization throughout his novel. Vonnegut described one of his characters Billy Pilgrim as “...like a rock” (Vonnegut 8). He says this to show how...

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Kurt Vonnegut Research Paper

Kurt Vonnegut Everything that happens has a cause and effect. Your everyday life can be influenced by somebody else’s actions, whether its physically or mentally. One influence can be the well known author Kurt Vonnegut. He blended literature with science fiction and humor and also created his own unique world in each of his novels. Kurt Vonnegut’s political and personal beliefs can be determined by his contributions in literature and his experiences in life. ...

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Kurt Vonnegut: Player Piano

literature are very familiar with Kurt Vonnegut and his abilities, as an author, to portray fantastic literature. He is particularly known for his uses of science fiction. Even his shorter stories and different books, that are not supposed to be science fiction genre, have sort of a sense of his wacky science fiction style. Kurt Vonnegut very often makes a connection to nature or the real world style with science fiction, mostly by the use of humor and irony. Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922...

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Kurt Vonnegut Bio/Style

Count: 1532 Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut was a man of pacifism and pessimism. The son of an architect, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., was born on November 11, 1922 at Indianapolis, Indiana (Elkins). Vonnegut was born into a family that was largely affected by the Great Depression, which proved to shape his science-fiction writing style. Vonnegut’s works are known for their black humor and use of science fiction, as well as their underlying themes of morality and references to political topics. Vonnegut largely...

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Epicac by Kurt Vonnegut

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...

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Research Term Paper - 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...

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Style Analysis of Kurt Vonnegut on Slaughterhouse Five

brilliant piece of literature. One example, for instance, is Kurt Vonnegut who may have been stimulated by the war, thus writing Slaughterhouse – Five. Though one may categorize this piece as science fiction or even auto - biographical, it can also be interpreted as an anti – war piece. Because Vonnegut is classified as a post modernist, one can take into account all the details, such as the similarities between the main character and Vonnegut, the Tralfamadorians, and the style and themes of the novel...

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An in-depth rhetorical analysis of Kurt Vonneguts' 'Slaugtherhouse-Five'.

and the horror of the Dresden Bombings, Vonnegut display's hope within his story. Slaughterhouse-Five is not without hope, just as the human straits are not completely in despair. To begin, Vonnegut emphasizes what seems to become a motif throughout the book, the three simply words, "So it goes." This phrase encompasses every death in the novel, whether it is in a small scale or large, or for that matter related to Pilgrim or not. With this phrase Vonnegut is able to put a passive twist on death...

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Telling the Truth (Ted Hughes, Kurt Vonnegut)

Telling the Truth Texts: Birthday Letters – Ted Hughes Weapons of Mass Delusion – Phillip Adams Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut How do your texts represent the idea of truth? Ted Hughes' collection of intimate and deeply personal poetry, along with Kurt Vonnegut's novel Breakfast of Champions and Phillip Adams' controversial article Weapons of Mass Delusion all represent versions of the truth. In many ways, they represent truth as a kind of impossibility, as it is constantly...

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1983 Vonnegut

have been in or the ones that they still in, I never realized that we are, as a country, addicts to war preparations, “If Western Civilizations were a person, we should be directing it to the nearest meeting of War-Preparers Anonymous, ” Writes Kurt Vonnegut in “1983 New York” (298) Vonnegut’s point is that we should be standing up and admitting that we have a problem, we have lost everything we cared about and should have come a long time ago; we hit rock bottom back in 1914. Although short, Vonnegut’s...

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Kurt Vonnegut's Cats Cradle Use of Satire

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...

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The Role of Technology in Kurt Vonnegut's Writing

<b>Outline</b> <br> <br>Thesis: Technology is the villain in Kurt Vonnegut's works because of his hatred of corporate insensitivity and his awareness of the destructive social impact of science and technology. <br> <br>I. Kurt Vonnegut has a great awareness of the destructive social impact of science and technology. <br>A. Contraptions that Vonnegut calls "social transplants" replace contact with the awful real relatives and friends with synthetic ones. <br>1. Computers minimize human contact even...

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Vonnegut expresses ideas on fatalism throughout Slaughterhouse 5 through an essective science fiction medium

Fiction: the Vessel for Fatalism Throughout Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut creates an environment shaped by elements of science fiction. These elements, notably time travel and alien contact, make the novel "a science fiction that deals with the topic of free will versus fatalism," (Isaacs 408). Throughout the novel Billy remains "unstuck in time," seeing his whole life flash before his eyes in a random order of events (Vonnegut 15). This random order forces the reader to examine the events in...

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The comparison between "All quiet on the Western front" by Erich Maria Remarque and "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut

or something that can inspire an idea for a novel. Although the novel can be fictitious it can still change how society feels about a certain issue. The two novels All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut romanticizes what war is like, emphasizing ideas such as glory, horror, honor, patriotic duty, and adventure. The similarities include both authors have their impression that the absurdity of war is morally wrong, how soldiers act as toys in the...

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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...

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Kurt Vonnegut's Cats Cradle Analysis

Ben Fisher Mr. Anderson AP Writing and Composition 1 14th November 2012 Cat's Cradle American Author Analysis by Ben Fisher Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut is a science fiction book that was published in 1963. The book is (falsely thought to be)centered around the narrator, John, and his quest to write a book about what was happeneing with the creators of the atomic bomb the day the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. His adventure follows his travels as he meets with researchers, the children...

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Flvs Vonnegut and Bergeron

PART ONE 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...

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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Joseph Heller's Catch-22

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Joseph Heller's Catch-22 use similar motifs to convey their common anti-war message. Although it is truly difficult for any author to communicate the true nature of war in a work of literature, both novels are triumphant in their attempts to convey the devastating experience. The authors' analogous writing styles, themes, and motifs run parallel to one another. Both Slaughterhouse-Five and Catch-22 incorporate irony, exemplify the idiocy and folly of military...

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Slaughterhouse Five: An Amazing Story

Many of these examples tend to reflect feelings against war. Kurt Vonnegut is no different and his experience with war inspired him to write a series of novels starting with Slaughter-House Five. It is a unique novel expressing Vonnegut's feelings about war. These strong feeling can be seen in the similarities between characters, information about the Tralfamadorians, dark humor, and the structure of the novel. Kurt Vonnegut is an American novelist from Indianapolis, Indiana, born in 1922...

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Black Humor, Gallows Humor and Identity Crisis in Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night

Black Humor, Gallows Humor and Identity Crisis in Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night One of the most distinctive elements of Kurt Vonnegut’s style is black humor, which often co-occurs with gallows humor. There are many misconceptions about these two terms for which their co-occurrence gives a firm basis, and as these two concepts are almost identical, it takes a careful examination for one to be able to distinguish them. In my following essay, I would like to clarify the meanings of black humor and...

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Harrison Bergeron Satire

Brian Taylor Professor Michael Mcanear LIT 100 4/17/2015 The Ridiculous Harrison Bergeron The short story “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, is a story about a dystopian, futuristic society in which every citizen is made “equal” to everyone else. In the story, the author seems to be telling a tale of the horrors of socialism and putting everyone on the same level, but the author is giving a humorous portrayal of socialist society to show that fears of socialism are ridiculous. In order to...

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Harrison Bergeron

Francisca Oganya Mrs. Pound English II Pre-AP R2 7 October 2014 Bergeron is a threat in “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In Kurt Vonnegut Jr, story “Harrison Bergeron” everyone is programed to be equal. Rules are so meticulous, that is mandatory to follow the rules which all regard to an averagely equal life. In a dystopian society like that the protagonist, 14 year old Harrison Bergeron is a threat to his society. This is primarily a result of his natural superior characteristics...

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Slaughterhouse-Five Writing

Nick Trish Honors English III pd 5/6 Independent Novel Essay - "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut The science fiction novel, "Slaughterhouse-Five" was published in 1969 by a brilliant man named Kurt Vonnegut. This book was known as his masterpiece, it depicted the horrific cruelties of war and was inspired by his own experiences in WWII. Vonnegut wrote several other novels, short stories, and plays, and it seemed that in most, if not all, of these writings that he created his own, unique...

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Cat's Cradle: the Destructive Nature of Humans

Everyone has heard the expression "curiosity killed the cat." That is to say, the search for new wisdom can often have unpleasant consequences; a child curious about the kitchen stove is bound to get burned. This is exactly what Kurt Vonnegut demonstrates in Cat's Cradle with the example of ice-nine, which is developed by the fictional creator of the atom bomb, Felix Hoenikker. It is symbolic of the atom bomb in that it has the power to end human life. Hoenikker is obviously an exceedingly smart...

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No Damn Cat, and No Damn Cradle: Truth and Meaning in Cat's Cradle

“No damn cat, and no damn cradle”: Truth and Meaning in Cat’s Cradle In Kurt Vonnegut’s apocalyptic novel, Cat’s Cradle, the end of the world has been realized. Plant life crunches underfoot, as though it has undergone a deep freeze. The tropical seas surrounding the fictional island of San Lorenzo have solidified, assuming a dull, frosted appearance. Grand waterfalls flowing from the majestic peak of Mount McCabe become lifeless. The once-scenic island horizon is transformed into a pale, sickly...

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Black Humor

situations, people do not laugh at any of those subjects. However, in Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, he laughs at all of them through the use of black humor. Vonnegut uses black humor as a way to criticize societies in all of his novels, but most notably in Slaughterhouse-Five (Klinkowitz). He uses black humor to criticize peoples’ glorification of war and make humor of death, Christ, and inhumanity. Vonnegut uses an array of situations to ironically make death humorous. Such...

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that they are the highest species and that everything follows. Due to that belief, they think that every thing should be handed to them and that they should not try hard enough in what they choose to accomplish. In Slaughterhouse-five written by Kurt Vonnegut in 1969 focuses on the life of a man born in New York. This man goes by the name of Billy Pilgrim and at the age of 19 is drafted into World War II, after his years of being a prisoner of war he is captured by aliens, the Tralfamadorians and begins...

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Critical Book Review of Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut explains his experience of the World War II bombing of Dresden, Germany. Vonnegut's creative antiwar novel shows the audience the hardships of the life of a soldier through his writing technique. Slaughterhouse Five is written circularly, and time travel is ironically the only consistency throughout the book. Vonnegut outlines the life of Billy Pilgrim, whose life and experiences are uncannily similar to those of Vonnegut. In Chapter 1, Kurt Vonnegut non-fictionally...

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The Human Pedestal

 Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five are two works that at first glance appear to offer no similarities. Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war novel written about the Dresden bombings in World War II, whereas Blade Runner stands as an American science fiction film written in the early 80’s depicting the “cyberpunk” view of life in Los Angeles in 2019. The two settings are completely spread apart and offer no reference to the other. In addition to the diversity of...

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The Color Purple

Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut, was published post World War II and follows the life of Billy Pilgrim who witnesses the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany during that time. On the surface, the story seems to be just a jumble of confusion and chaos without any significant insight into life, war, or human nature. However, it is by means of the perspectives and details of the novel that Vonnegut brings about his point. Through Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut portrays both mankind's constant...

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Harrison Bergeron: the Power of Conformity

Harrison Bergeron, we are faced with our perception of what seems to be a utopia, to be accomplished. Strangely enough, when Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. writes, “They were burdened with sash weights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like the cat drug in.” (Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.), he reveals the drastic measures that were needed to take place in order for our goal of a utopian society to exist. The...

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Harrison Bergeron

same government their whole life, so they wouldn’t know what is legal or illegal. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, the future consists of a more strict United States government, strongly overpowering the citizens. Hazel and George Bergeron are the parents of Harrison Bergeron. Harrison is a 14-year-old boy who is exactly seven feet tall. He intelligent and has abnormal strength and athleticism. Vonnegut has made Harrison a flat character, and states his traits very directly. Harrison is...

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Effects of Equality in “Harrison Bergeron”

February 2013 Effects of equality in “Harrison Bergeron” “Harrison Bergeron,” written by Kurt Vonnegut focuses on the idea of physical and mental equality, which is controlled by the government in the year 2081; the strong are forced to wear handicaps which hinder their abilities, the intellectual are forced to be unintelligent due to a radio transmitter that won’t allow the individual to think. Vonnegut uses satirical tone and places this story in the future, to show how total equality would not...

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Obscenity: Profanity and Nice Manners

Kurt Vonnegut’s essay “Obscenity” manages to blend together satire, personal experiences, and Vonnegut’s dark sense of comedy into an off topic but interesting experience. With lines such as “I cannot believe that Victoria herself would have suffer a moment’s genuine dismay if I had shown her the picture of my asshole which I drew for my book Breakfast of Champions.” (4) That can make you wonder whether Vonnegut is actually intellectual or more visceral as the essay lunges towards its conclusion...

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Breakfast of Champions as Social Commentary

who don’t bother to write in order to present stories that exclusively are those which they wanted to write about, but instead write whatever will get them published, not paying attention to the impact such selfishness has with it. I will argue that Kurt Vonnegut’s specific style of writing, mainly the pattern and trends we see throughout in the novel: Breakfast of Champions is a purposeful critique of world events and the effect of science fiction have on the reader as to make the ordinary seen strange...

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Harrison Bergeron Author Study

 Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” is a short story about the future, composed of 92 paragraphs that sends a message that total equality is not worth striving for, for freedom is the cost of equality. Equality is more or less achieved but at the price of freedom and individual achievement. For all of the people to be equal, some people who are stronger that normal, have to wear weights all the time, girls that are more beautiful have to cover their faces. The more advantage they have, the greater...

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Harrison Bergeron

futuristic short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the world is finally living up to America’s first amendment of everyone being created equal. In this society, the gifted, strong, and beautiful are required to wear handicaps of earphones, heavy weights, and hideous masks, respectively. Thus, these constraints leave the world equal from brains to brawn to beauty. With the world constantly pushing for equality among people, Vonnegut reveals a world that society is diligently working...

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The Theme of Time in Slaughterhouse Five

In many novels, the idea of time is handled in different ways to keep the story at a smooth pace. Kurt Vonnegut, the author of Slaughterhouse-Five, uses time as a way to give the reader an idea of what his main character’s life was like and what he had gone through throughout his life. Vonnegut’s manipulation of time may make the story confusing to some at times, but he effectively explains his character’s background through this different use of time. Throughout the plot of Slaughterhouse-Five...

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Trapped by Society

In “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Antigone by Sophocles people suffer for the benefit of the community. In Omelas, “the wretched one” (Le Guin 5) – a feeble-minded child – is locked in a basement to guarantee the happiness of the city. In the story Harrison Bergeron, Harrison is handicapped to look like “Halloween and hardware” (Vonnegut 55) so that he will be equal to everyone else. Finally in the tragedy Antigone, Antigone...

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Harrison Bergeron Summary and Response

Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut’s Jr.’s short science-fiction story “Harrison Bergeron” proves exactly why the government should never be allowed total control over a nation’s freedoms or actions. When the government plays a bigger role than they should, they cause controversy amongst citizens. In “Harrison Bergeron”, they corrupted an entire nation to believe that they needed to live a specific lifestyle. “Harrison Bergeron” goes into greater detail with a specific family. In 2081, Amendments...

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Science Fiction

 When I think about Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘2 B R 0 2 B’ and when I ask myself the question whether it is a typical science fiction story, I find myself completely perplexed. But then again, what is exactly a ‘typical science fiction story’? Because many critics, I believe, would never say that nothing in the body of work of this eccentric writer is ‘typical’. Rather he would show all signs of ‘atypicality’, of eluding any specific genre classifications. But, then again, none of literary critics seem...

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All the King's Horses

Short Story “All the King’s Horses” Kurt Vonnegut is able to put a man’s face on war in his short story, “All the King’s Horse ”, and he exemplifies that in a time of war, the most forgotten effect on nations is the amount of innocent lives lost in meaningless battle due to unjust rulers fighting each other against a nation’s will. As Americans, we are oblivious to the fact that we have people fighting every day for our country. In addition, we ignore the fact that we do a lot of collateral damage...

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Passage from Slaughter House Five with Commentary

Passage from Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut Weary was as new to war as Billy. He was a re- 1 placement, too. As a part of a gun crew, he had helped 2 to fire one shot in anger---from a 57-millimeter antitank 3 gun. The gun made a ripping sound like the opening 4 of the zipper on the fly of God Almighty. The gun 5 lapped up snow and vegetation with blowtorch 6 thirty feet long. The flame left a black arrow on the 7 ground, showing Germans exactly where the gun 8 was hidden...

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Slaughterhouse 5

In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children’s Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut, the story of Billy Pilgrim is used to explore various themes about life and war. Vonnegut’s tragic war experiences in Dresden led him to write on the horrors and tragedies of war. Vonnegut’s connection with Billy and the other characters allows him to discuss human reactions to death and traumatic events. Vonnegut uses his characters, in particular Billy Pilgrim, to portray his beliefs. An antiwar feeling, shown...

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Harrison Bergeon

what the world thrives upon. The Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal” and Kurt Vonnegut’s story Harrison Bergeron, explores and executes this notion with such brutality that it causes reasonable apprehension to the idea of conformity. The dangers of enforced, total equality are exposed through the use of symbolism, imagery, and characterization in this short story. Vonnegut uses a couple of symbols throughout the story. Nonetheless the most abundant symbol is actually Harrison...

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Slaughter House-Five

Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, is a novel in which the laws of physics are broken -- apparently. Billy Pilgrim, the main character, is loose in time and is free, though not in control, to experience any moment of his life, including the moments before he was born and after he dies (experienced as hues with sustained sounds). At random times in the main sequence of his life he literally jumps to other times, something which he is fully aware of. He can be on Tralfamadore one...

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Anthem Essay: Should Individuality and Knowledge Ever Be Suppressed?

that attempt to limit and control their country’s people both physically and mentally. Both Ayn Rand and Kurt Vonnegut imply how if these governments were taken to such an extreme level of totalitarianism it would crumble that government’s people in their stories Anthem and “Harrison Bergeron”. Physically handicapping people is the number one way to enslave them, as dictated by Rand and Vonnegut. In Anthem the workers are held to a tight schedule “when the bell rings we rise from our beds…half-hour...

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The Catastrophe of War in Slaughterhouse Five

lives of people, yet inevitably leading to the destruction of human life. Author Kurt Vonnegut endorses this view in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five; he shows that war can never be justified as long as innocent life is lost. Throughout Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut explores the theme of free will in order to illustrate the absurdity of war. Vonnegut conveys this through setting, characters, structure, and style. Vonnegut uses setting to convey the terrors of war by juxtaposing the hell-like Dresden...

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Fahrenheit 451 Equality

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, the government’s try to suppress freedom by calling it equality. Both the characters, Guy Montag and Harrison Bergeron try to oppose their government’s idea of equality. They show that there will always be individuals who rebel, are not the same, and try to start their own society to fight against the government. In these readings, both authors, Bradbury and Vonnegut, suggest that equality is unattainable because there will...

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A Naive Need for Social Equity An analysis on "Harrison Bergeron"

ENG102 A Naive Need for Social Equity In his science fiction, satirical short story, “Harrison Bergeron” (1961), Kurt Vonnegut presents a society in which all people are handicapped to be equal, normal, average, despite being born with different genetics and abilities to explicate the downfalls of the American people’s fear as well as need to be equal in Vonnegut’s time. He develops this ideal through a story about the Bergerons, who are presently watching an average ballet in a manner that...

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Slaughterhouse Five Book Review

alien race on the planet Tralfamadore that abduct him. All throughout the novel, Kurt Vonnegut illustrates his argument that life is full of uncontrollable events, both negative and positive. He stresses the importance of focusing on the positive moments rather than dwelling on the negative ones but to never completely forget. Connecting his own experiences as a soldier and prisoner of war in World War II, Vonnegut supports his claim through three different themes; the destructiveness of war and...

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Slaughterhouse Five analysis of symbolism, imagery, figurative language, tone, and theme.

Slaughterhouse Five SIFTT Sean Lawson Period 1 Slaughterhouse Five, a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, contains numerous examples of symbolism, imagery, figurative language, tone, and theme. The story isn't very chronological, every thing happens bunched up together. There are numerous settings in the novel. A large portion of the action of the story occurs in the small town of Ilium, New York, where Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist of the novel, was born. Having grown up in Ilium, he settles there...

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Breakfast of Champions

"Breakfast of Champions" In Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, the narrator believes Americans are doing the best to live "like the characters in story books" (pg. 49). He believes that the problems our planet faces are a direct result of our individual desires to attain our story book perfect lives. Through this "colorful" and outrageous story of two white men, Kilgore Trout and Dwayne Hoover, Vonnegut twists in some of his concerns and criticisms of the typical American life with humor and...

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Cats Cradle

would want to for example Felix didn’t show any adultery towards his family and he was actually the inventor of the bomb to top it all off. In saying that his sons had to take care of the families hardships. This ways definitely an eye opener that Vonnegut was trying portray in Cat’s Cradle. In Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle the only animal species to survive is the ant. They have accomplished this remarkable task through lack of any emotional attachment for each other. Since all the water on the...

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The Destructiveness of War in Slaughterhouse-Five

“There is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre” (Vonnegut, 19). Kurt Vonnegut experienced first hand the Dresden Fire Bombing of World War II. The Dresden Fire Bombing was a massacre that was designed by the allies to kill as many German civilians as possible. Because of Vonnegut’s war torn mind, it took him nearly 25 years to write Slaughterhouse-Five, a fictionalized account of the fire bombing of Dresden and about the destructiveness of war. Slaughterhouse-Five has been widely criticized...

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Harrison Bergeron

normal world in which “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. shows a civilization in which being normal is the only life style that people can live. Beauty is not beauty in this story; in fact it is the complete opposite. Can someone reach their full potential without feeling good about themselves? Is it possible to live life in a world like this? Potential, freedom, and beauty are all abominations in the society of “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., but they are all but abolished in this...

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Harrison Bergeron Essay: Compare the Epic War or Socialism vs. Capitalism.

Socialism and Capitalism are made fun of through extended satirical references. In the story, Vonnegut's future predicts a rise of Socialism in America. However this Socialism relates to the equality of results as appose to equality of results. Vonnegut paints this very ugly picture of Socialism despite his views against Capitalism because of the misconceptions of the American public at that time. Hence he does not really put down Socialism but more the misconceptions of Socialism in the story....

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A Postmodern Paradox

it became a category itself. Nevertheless, this movement has had a profound impact on countless literary, cinematographic, art, and philosophic works. Two works that have been profoundly influenced by postmodernism includes Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, and the film and book The Hours, by Michael Cunningham. While both works have been influenced by modernism in separate ways, they ultimately share its key themes: an abstraction of time, a rejection of reality, and a search for higher purpose...

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