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Surviving Loneliness Depression and Death The themes of Kurt Vonneguts short stories are based upon his struggles with depression loneliness and death Kurt Vonneguts influences came from the Great Depression family deaths and also in part from being a prisoner of war Bleiler 851 The themes of Vonneguts short stories include technology and government Technology is used in his stories primarily about how it is very powerful and how it is made cruelly beyond human control The government theme is used in Vonneguts short stories to show in the future how the world becomes dominated by government and how it controls every action of an individuals daily life Kurt Vonneguts struggles had a deep and profound impact on the writings of his short stories Bleiler 851 The Great Depression had an everlasting effect on Kurt Vonneguts writing The Great Depression along with Vonneguts army service was also a major influence in his writings Bleiler 851 During the years of the Great Depression Vonneguts family faced emotional and financial problems Vonneguts father lost his job during the great depression and he never worked again after that which also led Vonnegut to write depressive works Magill 3316 Kurt Vonnegut was sent to Germany during the war Vonnegut became a prisoner of war and he was held captive in Dresden Germany He was captured and was forced to work in an underground factory which was named Slaughterhouse-Five a name of one of his novels While he was underground working Dresden was totally destroyed by Allied heavy explosives and phosphorus bombs Bleiler 851 An estimated 135000 persons were killed in the air raid and most of the deceased were civilians Vonnegut and other prisoners survived because their workplace Slaughterhouse-Five was underground Right after the bombing Vonnegut and others were forced into work as corpse carriers Bleiler 851 One of Vonneguts themes to his short stories is how some of them are depressing One of
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