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Cats Cradle is intertwined with irony and parody but it is necessary to recognize the hidden suggestions of Vonneguts humor Although Vonnegut clearly meant for his readers to laugh while reading his book Cats Cradle is not only a playful story through human characteristics Hidden in Vonneguts playful humor is a clear-headed explanation of the threat in the combination of human stupidity and lack of concern with humankinds technological ability for mass destruction The twentieth century added a growing pace of scientific discovery and engineering to a preexisting mix of religious class and international conflict Although industrial and scientific discovery offered millions of people a better standard of living it also produced and aggravated human suffering on many levels The same scientific community that discovered antibiotics also produced the atomic bomb nerve gas automatic firearms and a massive amount of other efficient means to kill and maim human beings Vonnegut gives his readers a confusing disturbing depiction of innocence in Felix Hoenikker a Nobel Prize winning physicist whom approaches all of his research as a child would an entertaining game Felix lacks the wicked intent we associate with people we label evil He is as interested in researching the atomic bomb as he is in researching the behavior of turtles He cares little for money recognition or standing but he also cares little for other people even his family nor does he care for the consequences his research could have for humankind This apparently harmless man helps build the atomic bomb and later produces ice-nine a different form of water that is solid at room temperature By the end of Cats Cradle this second invention is responsible for the death of almost every living thing on earth Felixs ignored children also seem fairly harmless at first With first intention Newt Angela and Frank simply want to be happy However their apparently innocent attempt to gain an impossible happiness leads to the destruction
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