Kurt Vonnegut Questions and Answers

Kurt Vonnegut

In this, Vonnegut's first published short story, which appeared in 1950, a good-hearted professor develops the psychic ability to destroy weapons even from a great distance away. He goes into...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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Heinz Knechtmann has lost a great deal over the course of his life. While growing up in a concentration camp, Heinz watched as every member of his family was led away and killed by the Nazis. With...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2021, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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Kurt Vonnegut began his writing career as a writer of short stories published in local and national magazines. These stories were primarily of the science fiction genre, and, even though he wrote...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2011, 3:38 am (UTC)

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In this short story, Dr. Konigswasser has developed a technique that allows one to extricate his psyche/soul from his body and live as a disembodied essence or place it into another body. This has...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020, 8:53 pm (UTC)

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Kurt Vonnegut's short story "All the King's Horses" is a satire in which, as literary critic Northrop Frye observes, "irony is militant." And, in this story, the militant irony is also a double...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2014, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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“The Commandant's Desk” is one of the short works included in Armageddon in Retrospect, the first posthumous publication of Kurt Vonnegut's work following his death in 2007. The full collection...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020, 6:42 pm (UTC)

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I came across your question and was intrigued by it. Given that I had not read the work, I wanted to find out what Vonnegut had meant by the word "twerp". I know what I believe it to be, but with...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011, 3:33 am (UTC)

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Kurt Vonnegut’s “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” actually contains a story within a story, each with a plot that intertwines with the other. Let’s look at how this works. We begin with the frame...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2022, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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It would be helpful to your argument if you could find some references in Kurt Vonnegut's novel to the German V2 rockets which were described as "Hitler's secret weapon." Here is an excerpt from...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2013, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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Dear Abby: I have been in love with my childhood sweetheart, Catherine, all of my life. She does not know that I still love her. I am in the Army and I just found out she is getting married next...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010, 3:06 am (UTC)

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I hope that by "analyze" you mean that we should discuss our opinion about the quote. Here's mine. For the most part, I think this is true. Technologically and economically, new truths have made...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2009, 3:54 am (UTC)

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I’m not sure that I agree that Vonnegut is digressing. I think it is more accurate to say that his non-linear narrative style appears to be digressive, when in fact each temporal jump is a...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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During his early years (and even now with today's youth) he captured the imagination of the young people and made them truly think about issues they had never before considered. He did this in a...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2007, 8:48 am (UTC)

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The tone for much of the story before Harrison's appearance is somber, sardonic, and even fatalistic. Equality is portrayed as an established reality, the tone so insistent that we are immediately...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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The notion of "the irrationality of groups" is present in many (or most or even all) of Vonnegut's works, from Slaughterhouse-Five to Hocus Pocus. Groups often believe in things that are both...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. had a menial career in writing by the time he finished and published what would become his most impactful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. This was his opus and he told everyone who...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2013, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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Your question about Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle is a little vague, in that I don't know if you mean actual advancements in science or advancements in science in the setting of the novel. The work uses...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2010, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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This assignment will seem to force you to become the character of Newt and compose a letter about your predicament and choices. I think that the first thing which needs to be done in such a task...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2010, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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Vonnegut’s work is science fiction, humor, satire, political, and absolutely unique. His novels include Player Piano (his first), The Sirens of Titan, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Slaughterhouse-...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007, 9:13 pm (UTC)

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The hero in each of these stories is distinct individualist and dedicated to the pursuit of individuality. While self-knowledge is not part of this pursuit, self-expression and "integrity of being"...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2013, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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