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  • Kilgore Trout
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    Those of you who are familiar with the work of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. have surely come across the name Kilgore Trout in his novels. He is one of the author's favorite fictional characters and appears in many of his books (e.g. Slaughterhouse-Five, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Breakfast of Champion, Galapagos, Time quake etc.) Kilgore Trout is an unsuccessful writer of science fiction, having few, yet loyal fans. He spends all his time writing, but he never gets a decent publisher. His stories get pub...
  • Kurt Vonnegut Sr
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    Slaughter-House Five On May 29, 1945, twenty-one days after the Germans had surrendered to the victorious Allied armies, a father in Indianapolis received a letter from his son who had been listed as "missing in action" following the Battle of the Bulge. The youngster, an advance scout with the 106th Infantry Division, had been captured by the Germans after wandering behind enemy lines for several days. "Bayonets", as he wrote his father, "aren't much good against tanks". Eventually, the Indiana...
  • Kurt Vonnegut
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    Phil Winkler American LIT 2/11/05 Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is an impressive author who combines comic fiction and social satire in his novels. He often writes about the main character Kilgore Trout, who seems to be more like Vonnegut's alter ego. He has written many books including Player Piano, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, Galapagos, Bluebeard, and Fates Worse Than Death. Kurt Vonnegut was born November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis Indiana. His parents were Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leib...
  • Novel As Vonnegut's Best Novel
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    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr., was born November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana (Dictionary of Literary Biography). Kurt is often known for his science-fiction writing. He often uses space travel and technology within his novels (World Book Encyclopedia). Vonnegut attended Cornell University from 1940 to 1942. Next, he attended the University of Chicago from 1945 to 1947. He was awarded a masters degree in 1971 in anthropology. Also in 1945, he was wed to Jane Marie Cox. Kurt and Jane ...
  • Kurt Vonnegut
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    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of, Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., a successful architect, and Edith Sophia Vonnegut. He had two older siblings, a brother Bernard, and a sister Alice. He attended Short ridge high school. This is where he first realized his talent for writing. He was the editor of the school newspaper. Kurt graduated in 1940, and after high school, attended Cornell University and studied bio-chemistry, and was also a columnist and editor of t...
  • Vonnegut's Narration
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    Kurt Vonnegut's style Throughout most of Vonnegut's career, he has put little consideration and description into his characters, perhaps as a way to make the reader more interested as to what will happen next, or what will be revealed next about the character. In any case, the character description, or lack thereof, of Kurt Vonnegut is very simple, so he can convey his feelings about the character immediately without having to list every last detail. For example, Vonnegut describes Billy Pilgrim...
  • Vonnegut's Life On His Personal Philosophy
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    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a contemporary American author whose works have been described by Richard Gian none as "comic masks covering the tragic farce that is our contemporary life" (Draper, 3784). Vonnegut's life has had a number of significant influences on his works. Influences from his personal philosophy, his life and experiences, and his family are evident elements in his works. Among his "comic masks" are three novels: Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Thro...
  • Victims Of Vonnegut's Sarcasm And Satire
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    Sarcasm and Black Humor Kurt Vonnegut uses sarcasm to portray the humor, foolishness, and futility of real life issues, people events, and expectations. In his books, he writes like a satire, but in reality, that's not what it really is. He has many opinions and questions of mans search for the meaning of life. Objects, events, and people, of real life, are represented in his books and are put into Vonnegut's context. Characters in his books are put through a lot of adversity and find out they d...
  • Harrison Bergeron By Kurt Vonnegut
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    Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. In the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut I perceive the theme to be the importance of individuality, and a need for individual difference for fear of losing our humanity when nowadays equality for all is an issue. In many aspects, equality must be striven for. People have always been different and will always tend to remain that way. Individualism is a doctrine and marks the differences between people recognizing the value of diversity in mo...
  • Vonnegut Writing As Vonnegut
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    This first chapter, a preface, is insistent on the fact that the book is based on real events. Vonnegut, like our narrator, is a veteran of World War II, a former prisoner of war, and a witness to a great massacre, and that fact lends a certain authority to what follows. Vonnegut shares with us his enduring inability to render in writing the horror of Dresden. There is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre, yet he feels the need to say something. The book unabashedly charts the author's st...
  • Human Characters In Vonnegut's Novels
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    The America in which Kurt Vonnegut finds himself is a country of broken promises. His ancestors emigrated to America to escape poverty, encouraged by the hope of a new way of life, epitomized by the American Dream. This is the dominant philosophy in American society, that if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything that you want to. Vonnegut's novels express a dissatisfaction with this view, a desire for a more realistic and useful approach to life. What Vonnegut likes to point out is an i...

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