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.
This encounter brings eyeballs to break out on his fingertips, which can control Arthur, so he attempts to fight back against the aliens. Although both warn the audience, Vonnegut is most effective in using his writing style to warn the audience through the use of dark humor, irony, and allusion to dictatorships of the past. Vonnegut’s style most effectively warns the audience of a through his inclusion of irony in the exposition. In the exposition, Vonnegut begins with using sarcasm to describe the society, “Everything was perfectly swell. … Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.
The historical seriousness of the battle of the bulge and bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humour; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to show his incredibly serious fatalistic views. The surprising variations of the seriousness and light-heatedness allow Vonnegut to show effectively that war is absurd. The most important historical plot strand of Slaughterhouse-Five is Billy Pilgrim’s war experience which occurs during the last six months of World War II. This plot strand follows Billy through the battle of the Bulge and his presence as a POW during the bombing of Dresden, Germany. Vonnegut contrasts these documented milestones with incredible amounts of dramatic irony and dark humour.
But what these people fail to grasp is Kurt Vonnegut’s real intention. He tries to subvert practices such as pornography that dehumanize (254). Kurt Vonnegut deliberately uses flat, objective language like a social scientist. Pornography destroys the beauty of the human spirit. Kurt Vonnegut rediscovers new ideas in the paintings of Karabekian.
Kurt Vonnegut lived an extremely successful life as an author, novelist and short story writer. Critics did understand that Vonnegut was an underground writer who experienced many of the realities during World War II being that he was a participant. Kurt found that writing gave him a way to let out the truth and make it his own way of both escaping and depicting the harsh realities of life. His literary career seemed to have began after he went to war.
(Vonnegut 1) The government had a lot of regulations on the people in this society and because of that they lost their freedom to think for themselves and could only think what the government would allow them to think. They justified this because it made it so that no one would be better than any other person. They valued equality over individuality. In Fahrenheit 451 the government restricts the ownership and reading of books.
Literature is commonly used as a tool by authors to portray their opinion or perspective on certain topics. Kurt Vonnegut and his narrative “Harrison Bergeron” is the epitome of this notion, where he crafts the dystopian condition of total equality. Although such a short reading, the impact of short story “Harrison Bergeron” undoubtedly sparks inquiry among readers. Vonnegut’s selection of details, imagery, and use of language and syntax expresses his true writing style as well as his perspective on total equality. Vonnegut opens “Harrison Bergeron” with details of his vision of the United States under total equality.
Most of the critics give a comment that Kurt Vonnegut’s work gives more human dignity. The novel explores the idea that human beings are pure machines. They behave like programmed machines and act according to the programs without an option of escaping. People are thought to be undeserving of respect and Kurt Vonnegut is disgusted by that attitude, writes Jerome Klinkowitz: “The Key solution to human problems, Vonnegut kept insisting, to find human dignity for all human beings-even those who seem to least deserve it” (212). Dwayne Hoover bad ideas or chemicals drive him insane.
In spite of all these, the book is not necessarily anti-war; rather it just explores the various aspects based on his own experience of what life is like living in a war and what makes war a negative thing. Kurt Vonnegut uses the protagonist Billy Pilgrim to demonstrate the last point. Regarding Slaughterhouse-Five’s genre, it is regarded by many to be a war-drama, due not only to the fact that the plot is focused on World War II, but also due to the fact that a large portion of the novel reflects on the experience that individuals undergo in a war-afflicted area. Slaughterhouse-Five also features elements of science-fiction, due to the use of time travel and aliens throughout the book’s plot. Slaughterhouse-Five also is “self-conscious in considering what science fiction is for.” Kurt Vonnegut uses the characters Billy and Eliot Rosewater to explore this.
Vonnegut as the author and narrator of the novel removes the doubt in the first chapter that not everything we read in Slaughterhouse-Five is true through the first words of the novel: “All this happened, more or less.” This opening line introduce the readers with Vonnegut story mixed with real and fictional events, a future which is blurred by past, time jumps from inner space and outer space and even human ethics verses extraterrestrial morals. Vonnegut managed to create a collision of these strange juxtaposition with true historical events narrated in an ironical voice. Victorious and glorious historical events such as “The Florence on the Elbe”, Sodom and Gomorrah down to WWII are portrayed with a humble language and through multidimensional