Similarities Between Kurt Vonnegut And Postmodernism

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Kurt Vonnegut & Postmodernism French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard once said, “Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” Through his statement, he endeavored to associate a theory to the shifting concept of postmodernism; to synopsize different events, experiences, and phenomena in history through a universal appeal to truth. While his supposition, through equation with the poems of Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Olsen, or John Cage - does indeed hold validity; to define postmodernism remains difficult. To define the era would be to violate the postmodernist’s premise that no absolute or definite terms, boundaries, or truths exist to establish division. However, one can rest assured that all postmodernists are certain in their belief that absolute truth does not exist, and the world outside of themselves exists in error; as a result, other people’s truth cannot be distinguished from it. Due to this, the belief of the era holds that no one possesses the power to define truth or impose upon others their concept of morality. Their choice to self-rationalize the Earth and the universe around them, also hold them separate from the debate over divine revelation versus moral relativism. Many in the era contrastingly choose to believe in naturalism and evolution over God and creationism. American writer Kurt Vonnegut, while not only satirical, was known uniquely to blend literature with concepts of history, science fiction, and pointed social
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