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Kurt Vonnegut has written more then twenty books in the years he has been writing Many of his books share characters settings or situations Using the same characters and such creates a unity throughout his books Likewise Vonnegut seems to repeat themes throughout many of his books A number of Vonneguts books deal with themes that include structure and order in society Kurt Vonnegut discusses mankinds need for structure and order by the creation of meaningless associations in his novels and schizophrenic traits in his characters Cats Cradle written in 1963 revolves around created relationships and groups Set in the small island of San Lorenzo it is the story of a chemical that can end the world It is quickly learned upon arrival at San Lorenzo that nearly all inhabitants practice Bokonism a religion based solely on lies Bokonism is a blatant opiate to blind people to the misery around them Giannone 69 In the books of Bokonon it is plainly stated to the readers that the religion is centered on lies one of the verses proclaims I wanted all things to be happyto seem to make some senseso we could all be happy yesinstead of tenseand I made up liesso that they all fit niceand I made this sad worldinto a paradise Vonnegut Cats Cradle 127 The followers of Bokonism are ignorant to the lies they are following and see the religion as a positive aspect as it unites San Lorenzans Different circumstances soon make it obvious that Bokonism is illegal The Christian nation of San Lorenzo outlawed the practice of the religion many years ago before exiling the creator Bokonon Bokonon a highly intelligent and manipulative man was the mastermind behind outlawing his own religion His exile was simply a disappearance into the wilderness to give the religion more zest and appeal to the followers and to create a common struggle of religious freedom throughout San Lorenzo Giannone 60 The citizens of San
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