Comparing Slaughterhouse-Five And Cat's Cradle

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Society was once portrayed as simply a perfectly structured and flawless organization, but this illusion is ruined/shattered/broken/spoiled by the arrival/development/? of modern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut. Like many other modern novels, Vonnegut’s stories uncover the failings with society today. Slaughterhouse-Five is Vonnegut’s non-autobiographical autobiography on his experiences in World War II, focusing primarily on the firebombing of Dresden and its consequential total decimation. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Cat’s Cradle explores the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima with satire and _____. In both of these novels, Vonnegut has a very distinctive and easily identifiable writing style that expresses his honest opinions and aptly portrays his character/personality. As a man with a background in reporting scarred by the horrific events of two world wars, Kurt Vonnegut uses his experiences to convey the destructiveness of war and the fragility of life through his broken and minimalistic writing style.…show more content…
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Vonnegut willingly enlisted in the military, only to be captured during the Battle of the Bulge and became a prisoner in Dresden, Germany (Reed). On the night of February 13, 1945, Vonnegut was luckily underground in an air-raid shelter as the Allied forces firebombed the municipality (Reed). The aftermath, as Vonnegut emerged from the basement, was the complete annihilation of a whole city. Ruins were still smoldering everywhere, and there was an innumerable number of bodies - both innocent civilians and soldiers alike - piled amongst the rubble. “The attack proved to be more devastating than the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, yet attracted little attention” (“Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.”).

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