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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The 1960’s was a remarkable decade summed up as a period of time when hundreds of average Americans gave new life to the nation’s democratic morals. It was an era of dramatic change, both socially and politically. As for novelists during this time, their novels tended to explore change of human consciousness, with some taking an internal journey to consider the very nature of understanding and creative form. American writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was well known for his understatedly

Slaughterhouse by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut followed many principles in his writings. He claimed that “people do not realize that they are happy” (PBS NOW Transcript). Feeling that people had the wrong view on war, he felt that he needed to get the facts straight. Vonnegut believed that art can come from awful situations, and that the truth is not always easy to look at. Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse – Five to tell of his experience in the bombing of Dresden, as a prisoner in war and the atrocities that occurred. Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Essay

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a contemporary American author whose works have been described by Richard Giannone as "comic masks covering the tragic farce that is our contemporary life" (Draper, 3784). Vonnegut's life has had a number of significant influences on his works. Influences from his personal philosophy, his life and experiences, and his family are evident elements in his works. Among his "comic masks" are three novels: Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, and God Bless You, Mr

Kurt Vonnegut Analysis

Although he has been dead for 10 years now, Kurt Vonnegut and his award winning books still have relevance in the world today. The author of Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, created a emotional and very interesting story of war and hope which will go on for years to come, and will carry the message of what war is truly like to many generations. Kurt himself was a veteran of the war, and his book features the main character, Billy Pilgrim, who becomes unstuck in time, and goes through the moments

Criticism Of Kurt Vonnegut

In his 1965 essay Science Fiction , Vonnegut stated that he learned in 1952 from the reviewers of Player Piano, that he was a science fiction writer” he states: “I learned,” in 1952 from the reviewers of Player Piano, “that I was a science fiction writer [. . .]. I have been a sore headed occupant of the file drawer labeled science fiction ever since, and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal” (“Science Fiction” 1). He has been a sore

The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut

The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is one of the preeminent writers of the later half of the twentieth century. His works are all windows into his mind, a literary psychoanalysis. He examines himself as a cog in the corporate machine in "Deer in the Works"; as a writer through the eyes of Kilgore Trout in several works; and most importantly, as a prisoner of war in Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut created short stories and novels that dealt with events in his life.

Biography of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born to third-generation German American parents in the city of Indianapolis, year 1922, November 11th. While at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Vonnegut was heavily involved with the school’s daily newspaper, the first and only daily high school newspaper in our nation. During his time at Cornell University, Vonnegut became the school paper’s senior editor. World War II then began, and so Vonnegut joined our nation’s armed forces. Mother’s Day came in 1944, and during

Epicac by Kurt Vonnegut

EPICAC is a short story which is written by Kurt Vonnegut and published in his book ¨Welcome to the Monkey House¨ (1968). This book is a collection of short stories with different themes from war-time epics to futuristic thrillers. This story was first published before in 1950 for Collier's Weekly. Kurt Vonnegut (1992-2007) is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century. Some of his most important

Kurt Vonnegut Research Paper

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut jr. was an American author with a gloomy view of humanity, survived WWII on the front lines, was captured by Germans, and the first 3 books he wrote were about a universe with no purpose. Even with all these downfalls there is no doubt that Kurt Vonnegut was one of the greatest writers of his time. Personal life Kurt was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922. His parents, Kurt Sr. and Edith Sophia were 3rd generation Germans. Kurt jr. never got to experience

Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

Mario Peña Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut “ ‘Is it an anti-war book?’ ‘Yes,’ I said. ‘I guess.’ ‘You know what I say to people when I hear they’re writing anti-war books?’ ‘No. What do you say, Harrison Starr?’ ‘I say, ‘Why don’t you write an anti-glacier book instead?’” (Vonnegut 4). 1. The author Kurt Vonnegut and a filmmaker, Harrison Starr, converse in this passage, which introduces the topic of Slaughterhouse-Five. In which Starr makes fun of Vonnegut’s idea for planning on making Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Some people may think the novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut is a failure. In fact, Kurt Vonnegut himself calls it a failure. A lot of people disagree with that, many think that Slaughterhouse Five is one of Vonnegut's best novels. They say it is the most successful book they have ever read, just for reasons of the author himself. From him being bluntly honest, to his great wit. So if it is such a failure in his eyes, why did he write it, what was his purpose, and why was it even published

Human Problems By Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut gives a new turn to his innovative fiction and tries to create awareness to people about the things that harm human life and peace. He tries to present how human beings are made as slaves by the introduction of machines. Men become addicted to technology and they do not have the capacity to discriminate between what is real happiness and what is fantasy. They are filled with the fallacy that they have conquered many things and plan for what is yet to be conquered. But in reality the

Kurt Vonnegut And Roald Dahl

Kurt Vonnegut and Roald Dahl are two very unique people. They are often described as quirky, weird, and downright zany. If they were stuck in a crowd, they would easily stand out. Although they are very different from others, they share many similarities with each other. Roald Dahl and Kurt Vonnegut are two divorced, agnostic authors who fought in and survived World War II. First of all, Vonnegut and Dahl both grew up in religious families. However, as most people do, they outgrew some of their

Kurt Vonnegut Satire Analysis

Kurt Vonnegut was a man of some weird ideas, and he shows through his characters in all his stories. Kurt’s satire works so well because he used personal events that he added to all the elements in his works. Vonnegut’s experience as a soldier in WWII allowed him to express the vicious reality of government, war, violence and everything else that comes with it. “Slaughterhouse-five,” “Harrison Bergeron”, and “All the Kings Horse’s,” are three texts one begins to notice Vonnegut’s use of satire. One

Slaughterhouse-five strives to remember the tragedy of the bombing of Dresden. Kurt Vonnegut constructs his novel around a main character who becomes “unstuck in time” (23). Billy Pilgrim’s life is told out of order, which gives him a different perspective than the rest of the world. Billy lives through his memories, and revisits events in his life at random times and without warning. Vonnegut introduces Billy Pilgrim to the Tralfamadorian way of thinking about memory and time so that he can cope

The Lottery, And Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

theme of a story. A third-person storyteller can sometimes be all-seeing, also known as omniscient, or they can be limited meaning to adhere firmly to the viewpoint of a specific character or characters. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron” are two good examples of third-person point of view stories. These two stories give the authors the liberty to influence their content and theme across to readers using third-person narration without being biased.

Examples Of Dehumanization In Kurt Vonnegut

awareness and at the same time give an alarm to the society. Kurt Vonnegut tries his level best in imprinting the evils of scientific development and warns what is to be done to improve the life of mankind better. The advancement

Lauren Farrell Mrs. Worthington AP ELA 4 30 November 2014 Free Will Through his novel, Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut poses an ancient question: Are we masters of our destiny, or are we simply pawns of fate? The medium through which Mr. Vonnegut presents this riddle is death. Death is the central point to which all action in the book connects. The story is primarily about the death of 135,000 German civilians in the bombing of Dresden narrated by Billy Pilgrim, a man who experiences death from

Slaughterhouse Five, a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, depicts unchronological and sometimes nonsensical moments of the life of Billy Pilgrim as he “become[s] unstuck in time”(Vonnegut S. Five 23) Billy has no control over where he will end up next. “He has seen his birth and death many times, and he pays random visits to all the events in between”, and “is in a constant state of fright, ... because he never knows which part of his life he is going to have to act out next.”(Vonnegut S. Five 23) The story follows

Slaughterhouse-five Kurt Vonnegut combines satire, imagery and an anecdotal style to talk about complex issues such as science, religion, sex, socialism, pacifism and tradition. He used his writing to convey messages and warnings to society about these issues. Slaughterhouse-five is one of his most well known novels. In this novel Vonnegut uses fiction to portray shadowy truths about human nature. Billy pilgrim is the main focus of Slaughterhouse-five; through him and other characters Vonnegut portrays his

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Kurt vonnegut: 'a man without a country'.

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At 82, Kurt Vonnegut has published a new collection of essays and speeches. Edith Hwang hide caption

From his first novel, Player Piano , through such classics as Slaughterhouse Five , Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle , Kurt Vonnegut has entranced readers, often using sardonic humor to depict horrific events.

Now 82, he lives in New York City and his writing remains trenchant. This week, Vonnegut's collection of essays and speeches, A Man Without a Country will be published by Seven Stories Press. Read an excerpt:

From 'A Man without a Country'

We are not born with imagination. It has to be developed by teachers, by parents. There was a time when imagination was very important because it was the major source of entertainment.

In 1892 if you were a seven-year-old, you'd read a story -- just a very simple one -- about a girl whose dog had died. Doesn't that make you want to cry?

Don't you know how that little girl feels? And you'd read another story about a rich man slipping on a banana peel. Doesn't that make you want to laugh? And this imagination circuit is being built in your head. If you go to an art gallery, here's just a square with daubs of paint on it that haven't moved in hundreds of years. No sound comes out of it.

The imagination circuit is taught to respond to the most minimal of cues. A book is an arrangement of twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten numerals, and about eight punctuation marks, and people can cast their eyes over these and envision the eruption of Mount Vesuvius or the Battle of Waterloo.

But it's no longer necessary for teachers and parents to build these circuits. Now there are professionally produced shows with great actors, very convincing sets, sound, music. Now there's the information highway. We don't need the circuits any more than we need to know how to ride horses. Those of us who had imagination circuits built can look in someone's face and see stories there; to everyone else, a face will just be a face.

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Kurt Vonnegut was nothing if not prolific: 14 novels, 3 collections of short stories (only 1 of which was published during his lifetime), a number of essay collections, too many other articles and pieces to name. It’s almost impossible to be familiar with all of his work, and readers today are busy. If you know someone who might like Vonnegut but doesn’t have time to curl up with Cat’s Cradle  right now, or if you know an established Vonnegut fan who’s read all the novels and wants a peek at what else is out there, try these short Vonnegut pieces and interviews.

“Report on the Barnhouse Effect” is Kurt’s very first published short story. It appeared in Collier’s magazine in 1950 and was also included in the collection Welcome to the Monkey House . It’s about a college professor and his experiments with rolling dice. If you want to read some early Vonnegut, this is as early as it gets. If you want to read it, follow  this link.

“The Shapes of Stories” is a theory Kurt devised in the 1960s, when he submitted a second thesis to the University of Chicago in an attempt to garner a pay raise from his then-job as professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. For a video of Kurt explaining his theory, follow  this link.

“The Latest Word” is probably the funniest review of a Random House dictionary that’s ever been written. This was the review that got Kurt noticed by Seymour Lawrence of Dell Publishing. Lawrence would later offer Kurt a book deal for  Slaughterhouse-Five and Kurt’s next two books. He also smartly bought the rights to Kurt’s earlier books. The review is on The New York Times archive and can be found  here.

“How to Write with Style”  is one of the best essays around about the art of writing, and it’s only a couple of pages long. It’s no surprise that Kurt wrote it. As Stephen King said in his excellent and short book On Writing , “This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit . . . I figured the shorter the book, the less the bullshit.” Kurt would have agreed, as you’ll see from  his essay.

If you decide you want to check out some of Kurt’s longer works after enjoying these short ones, click  here.  Happy reading!

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The Daily Vonnegut welcomes essays about the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut and reflections on the personal and public influence of Vonnegut’s work.

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How Heroes Saved My Life by Alice B. Fogel (2017)

Earlier this year Seven Stories Press published If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s commencement speeches.  In this guest post, New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel shares with us a commencement speech she gave in which KV figures prominently among the “heroes” who have influenced her life.

Kurt Vonnegut Saved Me – by Laura Barber (2017)

Three surgeries, five hospital stays, several months of intravenous food, a digestive system that gave up the ghost. A year off work—a terrible way to win an extended vacation.

Kurt Vonnegut, The Lapsed Secularist by Josh Privett (2017)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., in a commencement address at Bennington College in 1970, recounts how as a young man he was very optimistic about the promise of science to improve human life, thanks in part to his older brother, Bernard, who was an accomplished atmospheric scientist.

Mabel Disabled – Vonnegut inspired fiction by Mary Kuykendall (2017)

Writer Mary Kuykendall, whose short story “Mabel Disabled” is featured below, once worked for General Electric in Schenectady, as did Kurt Vonnegut.  While she was not at GE while Vonnegut was employed there as a public relations writer, the Vonnegut influence in “Mable Disabled” is clear.  Although she never met KV, she did meet his brother Bernard.

Kurt Vonnegut-From Science Fiction to Satire by Victoria Oliver (2017)

Kurt Vonnegut has remained a favorite author of mine for over forty years. The first book of his that I read was Mother Night , then followed by Slaughterhouse-Five, then Breakfast of Champions… I was so impressed by his writing that I started looking for as many of his books as I could find, and read them, then read them again, and again.

What I Pretended to Be — by Zachary Perdieu (2017)

Ask any friend of mine to provide a few details about me, and my affinity for Kurt Vonnegut would never slip past the third listed item. Despite this, I was late to the clambake, so to speak, relative to many other Vonnegut fans and scholars.

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Kurt Vonnegut: How To Write With Style

Kurt Vonnegut on writing with style .

Why should you examine your writing style with the idea of improving it? Do so as a mark of respect for your readers, whatever you’re writing. If you scribble your thoughts any which way, your readers will surely feel that you care nothing about them. They will mark you down as an egomaniac or a chowderhead -or, worse, they will stop reading you. The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.

Some awesome advice on writing can be found in a rather obscure 1985 essay, “How to Write with Style,” by Kurt Vonnegut published in the hard-to-find anthology How to Use the Power of the Printed Word .

Vonnegut is a literary master who brought us some other treasures on the art of writing including, The Shapes of Stories and Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story . (*updated* If you’re interested, you can find his daily routine here.)

Vonnegut’s eight rules for great writing:

Find a Subject You Care About Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do. Do Not Ramble, Though I won’t ramble on about that. Keep It Simple As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. ‘To be or not to be?’ asks Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The longest word is three letters long. Joyce, when he was frisky, could put together a sentence as intricate and as glittering as a necklace for Cleopatra, but my favorite sentence in his short story ‘Eveline’ is just this one: ‘She was tired.’ At that point in the story, no other words could break the heart of a reader as those three words do. Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred. The Bible opens with a sentence well within the writing skills of a lively fourteen-year-old: ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and earth.’ Have the Guts to Cut It may be that you, too, are capable of making necklaces for Cleopatra, so to speak. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out. Sound like Yourself The writing style which is most natural for you is bound to echo the speech you heard when a child. English was the novelist Joseph Conrad’s third language, and much that seems piquant in his use of English was no doubt colored by his first language, which was Polish. And lucky indeed is the writer who has grown up in Ireland, for the English spoken there is so amusing and musical. I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench. … I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. What alternatives do I have? The one most vehemently recommended by teachers has no doubt been pressed on you, as well: to write like cultivated Englishmen of a century or more ago. Say What You Mean to Say I used to be exasperated by such teachers, but am no more. I understand now that all those antique essays and stories with which I was to compare my own work were not magnificent for their datedness or foreignness, but for saying precisely what their authors meant them to say. My teachers wished me to write accurately, always selecting the most effective words, and relating the words to one another unambiguously, rigidly, like parts of a machine. The teachers did not want to turn me into an Englishman after all. They hoped that I would become understandable — and therefore understood. And there went my dream of doing with words what Pablo Picasso did with paint or what any number of jazz idols did with music. If I broke all the rules of punctuation, had words mean whatever I wanted them to mean, and strung them together higgledly-piggledy, I would simply not be understood. So you, too, had better avoid Picasso-style or jazz-style writing if you have something worth saying and wish to be understood. Readers want our pages to look very much like pages they have seen before. Why? This is because they themselves have a tough job to do, and they need all the help they can get from us. Pity the Readers Readers have to identify thousands of little marks on paper, and make sense of them immediately. They have to read, an art so difficult that most people don’t really master it even after having studied it all through grade school and high school — twelve long years. So this discussion must finally acknowledge that our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists. Our audience requires us to be sympathetic and patient teachers, ever willing to simplify and clarify, whereas we would rather soar high above the crowd, singing like nightingales. That is the bad news. The good news is that we Americans are governed under a unique constitution, which allows us to write whatever we please without fear of punishment. So the most meaningful aspect of our styles, which is what we choose to write about, is utterly unlimited. For Really Detailed Advice For a discussion of literary style in a narrower sense, a more technical sense, I commend to your attention The Elements of Style , by Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White. E. B. White is, of course, one of the most admirable literary stylists this country has so far produced. You should realize, too, that no one would care how well or badly Mr. White expressed himself if he did not have perfectly enchanting things to say.

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Kurt Vonnegut was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

“Slaughterhouse-Five”, “Armageddon in Retrospect”, “Cat’s Cradle”, “Deadeye Dick”, “Galapagos”, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater”, “Happy Birthday, Wanda June”, “Hocus Pocus”, “Jailbird”, Mother Night”, “Player Piano” “Slapstick; or, Lonesome No More”, “The Sirens of Titan”, “Timequake”

Vonnegut was a vocal critic of American society, and this was reflected in his writings. Several key social themes recur in Vonnegut's works, such as wealth, the lack of it, and its unequal distribution among a society. Vonnegut also confronts the idea of free will in a number of his pieces. Fear of the loss of one's purpose in life is a theme in Vonnegut's works as well. Lastly, "What is the point of life?" is a question Vonnegut often pondered in his works.

Vonnegut is known for his satirical literary style, as well as the science-fiction elements in much of his work. Vonnegut is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century. He blended literature with science fiction and humor, and the absurd with pointed social commentary.

Vonnegut's influence came from the unique way in which he looked at the world and how he expressed that vision. Through his writing, he redefined writing itself, opening up new forms of expression, and influencing generations of writers.

“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.” “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”

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A man of many (yet respectable) words, Kurt Vonnegut was always ready to express his intricately woven philosophies in his literature and art. After facing many personal trials including his mother’s suicide and his prisoner of war status, Vonnegut had a wealth of material to write about. Self described as a Freethinker and Humanist, Vonnegut wrote an impressive catalog of science fiction philosophy novels. Although at worst he was described as simply a “comic book philosopher,” the majority of

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is one of the greatest pacifist writers in the world, although criticized by many he still tries to get his message across to the public. Kurt Vonnegut has written many novels in his lifetime the most well known is Slaughterhouse Five, which tells of his experiences somewhat in World War Two. Throughout all his novels he seems to keep the same “recurring Vonnegut theme is the evil that occurs when technology is allowed by man to run rampant. I am the enemy of all technological

Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922. Kurt was born into a very nice normal family. Kurt’s father was a great architect in their city. His mothers name was Edith, her father owned a very blessed Indianapolis brewer. This is where they are from. Kurt’s family was hurt very badly from the depression. His father slowly saw his business fail. They had to sell their home and they had to take Kurt out of the Orchard School. This is where he met his lover Jane Cox. He had to go to a public school

Biography of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born to third-generation German American parents in the city of Indianapolis, year 1922, November 11th. While at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Vonnegut was heavily involved with the school’s daily newspaper, the first and only daily high school newspaper in our nation. During his time at Cornell University, Vonnegut became the school paper’s senior editor. World War II then began, and so Vonnegut joined our nation’s armed forces. Mother’s Day came in 1944, and during

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Indiana, Kurt Vonnegut is viewed as a standout amongst the most powerful American authors of the twentieth century. He was recognized as a writer who mixed sci-fi and humor. Vonnegut made his own remarkable world in each of his books and filled them with peculiar characters, for example, the outsider race known as the Tralfamadorians in Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). In the wake of studying at Cornell University from 1940 to 1942, Kurt Vonnegut enrolled in the U.S. Armed forces (“Kurt Vonnegut”). In

Kurt Vonnegut has always had a great awareness of the destructive social impact of science and technology. Contraptions that Vonnegut calls “social transplants” replace real relatives and friends with synthetic ones. Recordings, radio and television are just a few of these devices. They make it possible to bring synthetic relatives and friends right into your home and replace those friends and relatives who are not perfect, nor even consistent, with a better class of people. Vonnegut’s least favorite

Criticism Of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leiber Vonnegut were hit particularly hard by the great depression and his family was financially unstable for most of his childhood. Vonnegut studied at Cornell University, where he double majored in chemistry and biology. Shortly after graduation, Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to Germany once America entered World War II. Around this time, Vonnegut’s mother

Kurt Vonnegut Coming from a German background, the first thing I thought of was the name of a writer that had written one of my favorite books. I went onto the internet to try to find out if he had in fact come from the same origin as my family. This was tough at first because the only thing it revealed was that Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indiana on November 11, 1922 (Grolier Incorporated). After looking to find out where his great-grandfather came from, it revealed that Clemens Vonnegut Sr

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Kurt Vonnegut Served as a sensitive cell in the organism of American Society during the 1960's. His work alerted the public about the absurdity of modern warfare and an increasingly mechanized and impersonal society in which humans were essentially worthless and degenerated. The satirical tone and sardonic humor allowed people to read his works and laugh at their own misfortune. Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, where he was reared. His father was an architect, as his grandfather

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

In an interview on Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut states, “I worked as a miner of corpses, breaking into cellars where over a hundred thousand Hansel and Gretels were baked like gingerbread men” (“Vonnegut”). Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007), born during the Modern Age, wrote his first story in 1947, known as the Contemporary Period. The Modern Age was different from the Contemporary Period because of its focus on art while trying to connect with traditions in the world due to their desire to have a

he endured to maintain the freedom of his nation. Like many war veterans, the man suffers from PTSD. Billy Pilgrim, a WWII veteran, also suffers from PTSD. While Kurt Vonnegut wrote his novel Slaughterhouse-five before PTSD became an official diagnosis, the protagonist of his story, Billy Pilgrim, displays the disease’s symptoms. Vonnegut uses Billy Pilgrim’s non-linear voyage through time as symbol to reflect his theme of the destructiveness during and after war. Like most suffers of PTSD, Billy

The Life Of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The Life of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a famous American author "known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction" (Kurt Vonnegut). Although Kurt Vonnegut is most widely known as a science fiction writer, what if his readers knew that he didn't consider himself that at all? He once said he "learned from the reviewer" that he was a science fiction writer. Regardless of what Kurt Vonnegut considers himself, he is one of the most sought-after science fiction writers

Examples Of Pacifism In Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut expresses the theme of pacifism by using humor to depict technology in a negative light. Kurt Vonnegut expresses the theme of pacifism by using humor to depict technology in a negative light through the dehumanization of technology. He shows he horrors of technology in his book Cat’s Cradle, where John, the main character, wants to write a book about the day the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The book ended in the usual dark humor that Vonnegut uses when the book ended with the

The Life and Writings of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is celebrated as one of the most successful novelist in the Post-Second World War period in the America. His literary works have had varied impacts on American culture, including the use of the word “karass” amongst college students, the naming of the pop groups “Ice Nine Kills” and “The Billy Pilgrims”, and the frequent use of the term “So it goes” as written in Vonnegut’s obituary on the New York Times (Farrell, p.ix). This article examines the impacts of Vonnegut’s on his literary

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a contemporary American author whose works have been described by Richard Giannone as "comic masks covering the tragic farce that is our contemporary life" (Draper, 3784). Vonnegut's life has had a number of significant influences on his works. Influences from his personal philosophy, his life and experiences, and his family are evident elements in his works. Among his "comic masks" are three novels: Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, and God Bless You, Mr.

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is an impressive author who combines comic fiction and social satire in his novels. He often writes about the main character Kilgore Trout, who seems to be more like Vonnegut’s alter ego. He has written many books including Player Piano, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, Galapagos, Bluebeard, and Fates Worse Than Death. Kurt Vonnegut was born November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis Indiana. His parents were Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leiber. He graduated from Shortridge

Kurt Vonnegut Theme Equality

Through the description of handicaps, character actions, and imagery Kurt Vonnegut Jr. demonstrates his theme that forced equality isn’t equal at all. Through the description of handicaps Kurt Vonnegut Jr. demonstrates his theme that forced equality isn’t equal at all. In the beginning of the story Vonnegut wrote about two distinctly different characters. “Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence. And George while is intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear

Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Analysis

The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five depicted that war is not going to be ever justified because innocent lives are always compromised. The text has three themes: the destructiveness of war, the illusion of free will and inevitable death. Destructiveness of War For the setting of the story, Dresden was juxtaposed Trafalmador. The former was hell on Earth and the latter, heaven. After Dresden was bombed and the soldiers emerge out of a slaughterhouse, Dresden was devastated. According to Vonnegut

Here is some info on Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922. After attending Cornell University from 1941-43 Vonnegut served in World War II and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. As a prisoner of war, he survived the fire bombing of Dresden by Allied forces on 13 February, 1945 in an underground meat-storage cellar. When he emerged the next morning, Vonnegut was put to work pulling corpses from the ruins of the desolated city once known as

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