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In God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut conveys the idea that poverty is better than wealth and that poor people are better than rich people. He also conveys the idea that because the rich have the power in society, they are thus obligated to take care of the poor, as the poor are weak and degenerate and unable to take care of themselves. The poor are dependent on the rich, in other words, and the welfare system encourages their dependence. Therefore, Vonnegut seems to be deeply concerned with the failure of capitalism and the corruptive power of money. The Rosewaters are corrupt, Mushari is corrupt, and even the U.S. court system is corrupt.

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Vonnegut’s story, however fragmented, focuses on the struggle between the classes and shows clear support for socialism. Vonnegut does more than highlight class divisions; he exaggerates them. His characters show that the rich amass large amounts of riches and the poor work hard and never get ahead. Thus, Eliot Rosewater decides to redistribute his wealth and share it with the poor.

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