Cats Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Descriptive Essay

Satire and Fantasy in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Essay

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Satire and Fantasy in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

For this essay, I decided to pick two terms that describe Cat's Cradle. I felt that satire and fantasy were two terms that suited the novel quite well. The book qualifies as a satire because it makes a mockery of things that were of concern in the sixties. For example, the Cuban missile crisis was a big issue in the early sixties. Religion was taken much more seriously, and the family unit was more tightly wound. In the novel, the threat comes not from a large warhead, but from a small crystal of Ice-nine. Religion is satired in Bokononism, which is a religion that is based on lies. The family unit is satired by the Hoenikkers. The father is detached from reality, the sister is a…show more content…

Vonnegut has been quoted as saying that one of the reasons he writes is "to poison minds with humanity. . . to encourage them to make a better world." Cat's Cradle poisons minds with humanity through the characters, who all very effectively demonstrate humanity. Even though the book itself comes across as a surrealistic fantasy and the plot is sporadic and surprising, the characters seem very real. Jonah is a narrator, but he is also an audience, as he travels through the book just as readers do. Jonah was easy for me to relate to because he observed everything and nothing all at once.

Before he went to the island of San Lorenzo, Jonah was floating on a cloud, not really paying attention to too much detail. However, as he met more people on the island things started to click for him, and he was able to make sense out of some of the puzzle that would eventually become his book. Jonah also makes some dumb mistakes, just like humans do. I don't think that his agreeing to become the president of San Lorenzo was a smart move, but at the time all he could think about was marrying Mona, and that in itself was enough motivation for him. "Love is blind" is a very popular saying, and it rings true in most humans, and in this case, Jonah.

I thought that another very human character was Newt. He is the youngest sibling, and that's exactly how he is treated.

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