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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 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...