“Harrison Bergeron,” written by Kurt Vonnegut at the time of the Cold War, is a short story that takes place in a future world of the year 2081 where the Handicapper General and the law force the beautiful to wear masks, the intelligent to wear earpieces that disrupt their thoughts, and the athletic to wear heavy physical restraints, so that everyone may be equal in the categories of beauty, intelligence, and athleticism; a world where the people “[are] equal in every which way.” (Vonnegut 1) What the many readers of “Harrison Bergeron” seem to misinterpret is that the entire story is an allegory to the political systems of Socialism/Communism and that Vonnegut utilizes symbols in the story that either expose the glaring flaws of left-wing politics or advance the supposedly far-superior ideology of American capitalism. In actuality, Vonnegut’s use of symbols in “Harrison Bergeron,” and the entire story itself is a satire of the common American’s ignorant misunderstandings of left-wing politics at the time of the Cold War. Vonnegut once said at a college commencement speech, “I suggest that you work for a socialist form of government … It isn 't moonbeams to talk of modest plenty for all.
What was the message of Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Through The Theme of War. In Slaughterhouse five, Kurt Vonnegut uses the theme of war though the character of Billy, to show how war can desensitized one’s emotion, how it is senseless and immoral. Through the violence and death of war, Kurt Vonnegut shows the reader how the innocence of Billy is lost.
Complacency is more dangerous than participation in times of war. Through his novel, Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut describes the life of an American spy, Howard W. Campbell Jr: Campbell worked as a radio broadcaster for the German Ministry of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda and sent coded messages out to the allies through his radio broadcasts during the war. Authors use devices in writing to further their content. Kurt Vonnegut uses juvenalian satire in Mother Night to prove that through pretending to be something it will eventually lead that person to become the thing they are pretending to be. The portrayal of Howard Campbell as morally self-righteous is evident through Vonnegut’s use of sardonic voice and invective.
Throughout Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut intertwines reality and fiction to provide the reader with an anti-war book in a more abstract form. To achieve this abstraction, Kurt Vonnegut utilizes descriptive images, character archetypes, and various themes within the novel. By doing so, he created a unique form of literature that causes the reader to separate reality from falsehood in both their world, and in the world within Vonnegut’s mind. Vonnegut focuses a lot on the characters and their actions in “Slaughterhouse Five.”
The author, Vonnegut , uses characterization and word choice to warn his readers of the potential drawbacks and the dangers of a truly “equal “ society. The author conveys that there are two different types of people that live in the society: through his main characters Harrison and his parents. His word choices show the mood or the tone of the society. The author shows how individualism and conformity affect the society. Harrison Bergeron is a fourteen year old that is seven feet tall, athletic, intelligent.
A detached society: Utopia or Inferno? How would the world change if all people were absolutely equal in every condition. In this cutting edge short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the world is finally amounting up to America’s first amendment which is enforcing that everyone is created equal. In this society, the masterful, strong, and pretty are required to wear handicaps. Thus, these restrains leave the world evenly matched, from brains to beauty. With the world constantly pushing for equality for all people, Vonnegut comes up with a world that society is ardently working toward.
One common afternoon in the year of 2081, when everyone was equal, Hazel and George Bergeron were in their lovely living room watching television. Suddenly, a news reporter with a severe speech impediment came on. After trying many times to say, “Good morning ladies and gentlemen,” he handed it off to a ballerina who read, “Harrison Bergeron, age 14, has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.” However, in this short story “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut uses irony, shift and mood, and allusion to illustrated haw society would be if everyone was under the law of equality.
There is satire on people by comparing them with machines. According to them most of the engineers and managers resemble Grath and Kroner in the United Nations. They express their aims of society to the engineers and the managers. But Paul cannot show his feeling even though he is a leader of the Ghost Shirt Society.
Religion, much like most of the conceptual world, is a construct-- brought into existence solely for the purpose of supplying an immediate meaning and understanding in the slightest to create some kind of consultation from the crisis of our existence. It freely shapes the morality of people and society by establishing a primal institution of what we are and aren 't supposed to do, and thus paves way for a rather compliant and impressionable public. This concept of religion is explored by Kurt Vonnegut in his novel the "Cat 's Cradle," where he creates a milieu where the only thing society has is faith and trust in a false pretense. In this post-apocalyptic novel, Vonnegut discusses the greatness that lies within the flaw of man-made religion. A writer named John travels distant places in an effort to produce an accurate account of what Americans were doing on the day of Hiroshima 's bombing to only witness first hand the damaging effects of the vicious cycle known as human idiocy.
Kurt Vonnegut’s style of diction is abstract and neutral throughout the novel of “Slaughterhouse Five”. The following is an example of this: “I took two little girls with me, my daughter, Nanny, and her best friend, Allison Mitchell. They had never been off Cape Cod before. When we saw a river, we had to stop so they could stand by it and think about it for a while. They had never seen water in that long and narrow, unsalted form before.
In the short story “Harrison Bergeron”, Vonnegut uses hyperbole to exaggerate this idea of equality, or a perfect society. Equality is the state of being equal in status, rights, and opportunities. The short story attempts to make all people equal by handicapping their special abilities. For example, if someone thinks more deeply than others they will stick a radio in their head so when their mind starts to wander, a loud noise will sound so they lose their train of thought. Is this idea of equality really achievable?