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Player Piano

In Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Player Piano, Paul Proteus is the administrator of Ilium Works, a huge industrial conglomerate. The prestige and power of this job—and the comfortable life it allows...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2020 2:28 am UTC

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A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a direct comparison of unlike things is made for effect. Metaphors in Player Piano include the following: Sound is compared to liquid. In Katherine’s...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2020 11:13 pm UTC

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Player Piano is centered around themes of industrialization and automation. Vonnegut depicts a world in which nearly all jobs have been automated, and there is an increasing class divide between...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 12:08 am UTC

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In Player Piano, America is run by machines and the engineers and managers who operate these machines. This system brutally divides society into two classes: the have and the have-nots. Both groups...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2020 3:21 am UTC

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Despite his privileged position in this dystopian society, Dr. Paul Proteus is deeply dissatisfied with life. As manager of the Ilium Works in New York, he is a very important person in society,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020 1:22 pm UTC

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The exchange between the radical and the young engineer in Player Piano is not a direct argument. It is mediated through the confused figure of John Averageman, who is forensically examined by the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020 8:20 pm UTC

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