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A Humanistic View of Life's Purpose in Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan
A Humanistic View of Life’s Purpose Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan reveals loving “whoever is around to be loved" is the meaning of life (220). This belief is deeply rooted in humanism; love is a basic human need, love exhibits goodness, and loving encourages appreciation of potential value. His giving this meaning...
The Author's Beliefs on the Dichotomy between the Concepts of Fate and Free Will in Slaughterhouse-Five, a Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
Fate vs. Free Will Humankind is keen for knowledge. Therefore when fate, an event beyond a person’s control, enters a conversation, the controversial topic could kindle some complications. The theory of fate is ancient, many different cultures, societies, authors, and even philosophers have tried to learn and understand t...
Mr. Malachi Constant's Journey Through the Universe in The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut (326 pages; Dial Press Trade, New York; 1959; $15.00; ISBN: 978-0-385-33349-8) The Sirens of Titan recounts the tale of a young man, Mr. Malachi Constant, and his journey through the universe. This work, by author Kurt Vonnegut, reflects upon the true purpose of the human life and the meanin...
An Analysis of the Symbolism in the Novel Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
Symbolism in 2081 “The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.”What seems like the ideal world, the greatest scenario possible in any given condition of living, is a curse for the characters weaved into the world of “Harrison Bergeron.” Society, as perfect as it may seem, is still a place to be feared and still...
Kurt Vonnegut's Life Experiences Through His Science Fiction Novel Slaughterhouse Five
Many critics believe that Kurt Vonnegut’s famous science fiction novel, Slaughterhouse Five or The Children’s Crusade, describes his own life and experiences through the voice of Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim is a war veteran from the second world war.. Kurt Vonnegut is also a war veteran. Vonnegut knew that he was going to...
The Theme of Social Equality in the Short Story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Social equality seems desirable in theory. If everyone was the same, they would be treated the same, paid the same amount for the same type of work and so on. When put into practice however, social equality can get very ugly. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote a short story, “Harrison Bergeron” about this topic. In the story, everyone...
The Hidden Truths in Cat's Cradle, a Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
Hidden Truths: Cat’s Cradle What is offensive? Violence? Sex? Profanity? Such things might offend people if they were in violation of their most sacred moral or ethical beliefs. In Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut effectively ridicules almost every institution that Americans hold sacred, but softens the blow through...
The Use of Rhetoric to Make the Speeches of JK Rowling and Kurt Vonnegut Unique
Using Rhetoric to make a Commencement Speech Unique The commencement speeches from JK Rowling and Kurt Vonnegut use various rhetorical devices to explain what the nature of the outside world is. They use these to convey to the college students issues in the contemporary world. Do you remember your commencement speech? Yo...
An Analysis of the Theme of Equality in Harrison Bergeron, a Science Fiction Short Story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In 1960
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a great depiction of people’s mindset in modern day America. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. bases this science fiction short story on 1960’s America, and the fight against communism. In modern day America everyone is equal before the law, but Vonnegut touches on how this could become a bad thing...
The Philosophy of Vonnegutism in Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Everything is All Right A personal philosophy is the beliefs and ideas of one specific person. Every person has their own philosophy, crafted from bits and pieces that were acquired from others’ philosophies, combined with original ideas, to create a single, unique philosophy that fits the person it belongs to. Some philos...