Kurt Vonnegut's Literary Analysis

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Kurt Vonnegut has used his talent of writing to illustrate warnings of our society and point out intrusive messages that made him one of the most influential writers in American literature. With his gift of satirical humor combined with animated imagery he explores and pokes fun of complex issues such as war and religion from using his books as well as inviting the reader to alternative worlds that holds made-up deities and religion that invokes questions of reflections to conceive the world around us. Kurt Vonnegut was born in 11 November 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was born into a considerably wealthy family. His good life ended, however, when the Great Depression hit the economy leading to his parents’ downfall with alcoholism…show more content…
The inclusion of his own beliefs, experiences, and outlook makes the book a intimate, closer look to Vonnegut’s life, making his stories engaging. His works also include imaginary worlds and characters to illustrate themes in a different manner. For example, in Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut writes about Tralfamadorians as alien beings who show predetermination from how there is no such thing as free will and how every action is in place already, explaining that every “moment is structured in that way” (Vonnegut…show more content…
His critics has also classified Vonnegut’s writing form as a new literary style because of its unusuality in long sentences and few punctuation such as an explanation of German dogs from Slaughterhouse Five; “The Germans and the dog were engaged in a military operation which had an amusingly self-explanatory name, a human enterprise which is seldom described in detail, whose name alone, when reported as news or history, gives many war enthusiasts a sort of post-coital satisfaction” (Vonnegut 24). He also invented a new literary type where he fused science fiction with humor and moral relevance to produce serious literature. He raised awareness for the Dresden bombing through his writings, outraged that the event didn’t get any newspaper coverage because of their non-strategic location.
Through the works of Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle, Vonnegut was able to illustrate his points of disbelief in religion and bring awareness to the appalling destruction of war as well as the events at Dresden. Overall, Vonnegut’s works have inspired subjects of political, religious, and cultural debate. His clever use of words combined with subjects of satire questions the goodness of humanity, yet inspired questions of alternative choices and the world of
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