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Published in 1963 Cats Cradle directly reflects to the turbulent times of the United States during post-second World War years In Cats Cradle Kurt Vonnegut makes references to the scientific based system of America in which science is the main interest of the government in the name of betterment of man However it does not reflect to reality since man has already lost his control over his life and he is directed by science and its products such as machines and weapons At this point in the novel Vonnegut first investigates these elements impact on the American society and then comes to the conclusion which presents the non-exit situation of man in an absurdity of life As it was mentioned before in the historical background of the novel part despite the fact that US gained a world leadership after the IIWW with the help of the most increadable invention of the time atomic bomb or in other words with the help of the most destructive weapon of the time in deed it could not provide concensus at home because after the destructions and deaths caused by atomic bomb science began to be questioned by many especially by youths who challenged with their comformist middle-class families And their discontent led them to rebel against all Established instituations such as values traditions and the system itself Kurt Vonnegut is also one of them and he expresses his criticisms towards the scientific-based system of post-war America through his novels especially through Cats Cradle by putting destructive side of the science as a main theme of the novel in which he portraits America as technological political and spiritual wasteland as a result of science First of all in Cats Cradle Vonnegut underlines the reality that eventhough science provided a comfortable life to consumerist middle class Americans the same science invented atomic bomb in order to serve to militarial aims which means it would never work for technological comfort
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