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Through the ages philosophers have attempted to answer the question of the meaning of life Why are we here Far off is there a god or multiple gods controlling us for some greater plan The human race will most likely ponder this question for the remainder of human life on earth but to help us out Kurt Vonnegut has thrown his own ideas out to the feeding frenzy of philosophical criticism Vonnegut has put his answer to the big questions out for the world to see in his book The Sirens of Titan The Sirens of Titan for all its wondering futurity and concern with larger abstract questions transmits a greater sense of direction and concreteness The meaning of life is not easily answered however and there isnt one simple answer either The meaning of life is multi-faceted because why would life be so long and hard at times if life were only meant to teach a single lesson To be free and to live as one chooses is one of the answers Vonnegut supplies to the meaning of life The plot of the novel surrounds a man named Malachi Constant who is reputed to be the luckiest man on earth Constant is extremely rich and powerful and lives the life of a playboy boozing it up and gambling with money women and life itself His luck runs out however and he takes a chance joining a secret army on Mars whose goal is to take over Earth Once he gets to Mars he is brainwashed and almost his entire memory is erased turning him into a mindless drone for the Martian Army That small part of his memory that isnt cleaned out the far corners of his brain starts to work again and Constant begins to notice his surroundings and he rebels against his brainwashing tries to be free Every time he reaches his goal of free thought he is discovered and the army
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