Post-War American Anxiety in the Fiction of Kurt Vonnegut
This paper explores Vonnegut’s perceptions of society through his literary works in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; what he was saying about society then, how his satire has held up in the modern day, and what the over-arching themes of his novels consist of. The paper begins with an in-depth discussion of Cat’s Cradle and the analyzation of science and technologies role in progress, or regress, and the anxieties spurned by it. Next, Slaughterhouse-Five is discussed, and how Vonnegut uses his own experience in war to show the anxieties concerning the nature of war, the public’s perceptions of it, ...
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