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Society's Interpretation of Good and Evil in the Novel Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Society’s Interpretation of Good and Evil Government is littered with corruption, and always has been. Nazi Germany of the 1940’s was no different, and Howard Campbell found himself in the middle of it in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Mother Night. It’s difficult to define good and evil, yet even more so to measure it. Within th...
The Horrors of War in Slaughterhouse-Five, a Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
The Destructiveness of War War not only destroys buildings and kills many people, but also gives a tremendous impact on the rest of the world and the people who had to endure the journey. In Slaughterhouse-Five Vonnegut best demonstrates this by the bombing of Dresden, Billy’s interactions with the Tralfamadorians, and his...
The Melancholy and Mourning of Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five, a Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
Billy Pilgrim in Melancholy and Mourning According to the theory of Sigmund Freud, there are two categories of symptoms that a victim of trauma could suffer, mourning and melancholy. Mourning is explained as “the person realizes that the loved person or object that is lost is truly gone and turns away from reality….mark...
An Analysis of the Story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron” is a short story set in the year 2081. At this time, it is believed by the government that there should be no competition between the people. Everyone should be equal in intelligence, appearance, strength and ability, etc. The main character of the story, Harrison...
The Fight for Equality in Harrison Bergeron, a Short Story by Kurt Vonnegut
Harrison Bergeron’s version of equality doesn’t match up to what people are asking for. People fight to be treated the same, not to be the same. Harrison Bergeron is set in a world where everyone is equal after years of clamoring for it, everyone is the same. There is no uniqueness among individuals. George and Hazel Berger...
The Notion of Handicapism in Harrison Bergeron, a Short Story by Kurt Vonnegut
Known for publishing numerous satirical works, Kurt Vonnegut continues this writing trend in his short story “Harrison Bergeron”. Vonnegut writes about a dystopian society in the future and although the events in the story are serious, it can be found humorous when comparing the story to reality. For example, the idea of...
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...
The Use of Satire in the Novel Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
“Harrison Bergeron”: A Glimpse of the Future Through Satire We covered a large expanse of information in our English ll class, from literary analysis to poetry to various forms of narration. Many stories were included for reading to illustrate this information. As much as we covered and read, there were still one or t...
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Should Not Be Banned in above High School Levels
The banned book of “Slaughterhouse-Five” by: Kurt Vonnegut is a very interesting piece of work. The story revolves around Billy Pilgrim, a soldier in World War Two who does not even want to be there. This book follows him in a nonlinear order and rather sporadic change of events from Billy becoming a prisoner of war and the...
The Sheepish Nature of Humans and the Absolute Power of the Government in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
The Sheep and the Machine Government is the manner in which a class, group, state or nation is ruled or controlled. Some governing groups serve to help the people they govern, while other exist simply to suppress the common man and feed those in power. Governments have been the reason that some civilizations have...
Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Topic #1: How do you understand Billy Pilgrim and what he represents? Do you sympathize with him or are you troubled by his personality and actions? Billy is the main character of Slaughterhouse-Five, but that’s not to say that he can be classified as the hero of the narrative. Or rather, he doesn't have the heroic qualiti...
De-Glorification of War in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five
De-Glorification of War War is defined as a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation. In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the entire book is focused on a sole concept that war is wrong and how this book is, at its core, an anti-war book. Using imagery and ex...
Themes of Government and Individuality in Kurt Vonnegut's 2BR02B and Cold Turkey
Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922, in Indianapolis. In his 50 years of writing, he published 27 works from novels to short stories. Vonnegut used very straightforward and direct writing to talk about complicated topics, making his writing very intriguing and almost mysterious. In two short stories, “2BR02B,” and “Cold Turkey,”...
The Use of Shallow Feelings in the Giver by Lois Lowry and Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
To make a perfect society, anger and jealousy would have to be eliminated, and have only shallow emotions left. Then the people would have to be altered emotionally and have different attitudes. There would need to be no extreme emotions and there must be no pain and understanding of the world outside of them. If everyone h...
An Analysis of America's Fixation With Power in Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
America’s Fixation with Power in Cat’s Cradle In Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut depicts how the naïve mindset of humanity can lead to an apocalyptic downfall. Vonnegut satirizes Cold War politics in order to argue against America’s obsession with its superiority complex. Vonnegut utilizes San Lorenzo as a pawn in America’s...
The Presumption of Being a God in Harrison Bergeron, a Short Story by Kurt Vonnegut
Harrison Bergeron Harrison Bergeron, of the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut jr., is different. He is stronger, smarter, and generally better than the rest of the enslaved population. Harrison sees himself as the new era, the person that will end the “equality” madness, the U.s government views him as a cri...