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Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five Essay

… Post-Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse-Five

Meaning and form, purpose and relevance, reality and imaginary, these are a few concepts that the post-modern literature brings to one's attention by challenging everything one knows or believes to posses as knowledge.

Television, radio, newspapers and magazines are means of transportation for what is real as well as what is the result of creative minds from their sources into people's homes, invading their private spaces and gradually making the separation between real and made up become a blurry line that slowly starts to disappear. The technological advance of the second half of the twentieth century overwhelmed the world, people trying to keep their old landmarks and make them fit into this new perspective that was challenging everything. Life in a…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five Essay

… Post-Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse Five" succeeds in putting together diverse elements, ranging from literary futuristic fantasy to aspects involving human condition. As shown by Vonnegut, it is very difficult to write fiction when the main topic that one has to address is warfare. The writer is assisted by postmodernism throughout the novel, as he combines reality with fiction in order to present his readers with the horrible effects that war can have on a human being.

During a period in which people could still feel the aftermath provoked by the Second World War, postmodernism emerged and its climax materialized through books like "Slaughterhouse Five." The novel dealt a massive blow to the people supporting the Vietnam War, as it had been…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Essay

… Slaughterhouse Five

Pastiche and Metafiction: Postmodernism in Slaughterhouse Five

It is accepted, by the literary illuminati of history, that a plot, to be a plot, must organize itself around a question, often one with a yes-or-no answer centered on the novel's main character: Will Ahab kill the great, white whale? Will Pip escape the meanness of his upbringing? Will Frodo deliver the ring to the fires of Barad'dur? In this respect it seems that Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five fails the reader: no acceptable central question can be found to follow Billy Pilgrim. Certainly there is no question of whether he will survive Dresden, and, if there is, no conflicting or rising action exists to support that question as central. Perhaps the question is whether Billy…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Essay

… Kurt Vonnegut, Billy Pilgrim and David Irving: Tralfamadorians in Training

Where Billy Pilgrim begins, Kurt Vonnegut ends and this is where David Irving intrudes for good measure. However this is what makes the post-modern interpretation of this book so interesting (at least to this author). Certainly, an all pervading odor of fatalism and cynicism colors the work and one can certainly not blame Vonnegut for this. A veteran of any war goes off to the conflict a boy and comes back an old man. All of the moments that they were in combat, captivity or any other aspect of their military service colors their perception of the world. In this postmodern classic, the difference between real and the non-real is not clear cut. Vonnegut keeps…. [read more]

Violence and Death in Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Term Paper

… Violence and Death in Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., a fourth-generation German-American now living in Cape Cod, was an American Infantry Scout and as a Prisoner of War, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, the Florence of the Elbe in 1945. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on the character, he survived to tell the tale: Billy Pilgrim, the hero of Slaughterhouse Five, -- or the Children's Crusade, bounces around in a time spanning his life and believes he is aided by an extraterrestrial civilization that has kidnapped him and put him in a zoo. Containing sexual content, violence and offensive language, the book was censored and burned in Drake, North Dakota in 1973, banned in Rochester Michigan for religious reasons, challenged at Owensboro, Kentucky High School…. [read more]

Postmodernism Literature Crying of Lot 49 and Slaughter House Five Essay

… Postmodernism Literature

Both Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" and Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughter-House Five" are representative works of the Postmodern movement in literature, because of several common characteristics. First of all, the two writers belong to the post war generations of the 50s and 60s and, as such, are challenged by similar modern anguishes, such as the lack of clear static moral values and the loneliness and alienation that derive from that. The Second World War represented, in many ways, a break with the past and this is the first generation dealing with this break and with the necessity to identify a new path of development.

Second, the two works share common themes, such as temporal distortion and the absence of a clear narrative…. [read more]

Transmedia Characters Sherlock Holmes Term Paper

… Sherlock Holmes

While any character could in theory be transmedial, in practice there are certain features about a fictional character that makes it more likely he or she will reoccur across media. All of these potential features are too many and varied to discuss here, but it is possible to focus on one character in order to see how particular character features make him especially conducive to transmedia appearances. Specifically, the character of Sherlock Holmes is particularly to suited to transmediality thanks to his serialized origins, the fact that observation and liminal technological interest and use are constituent parts of his character, and the ease with which his original story was retconned following the character's apparent death. By examining the character of Sherlock Holmes in…. [read more]

Historical Contexts and Literature Term Paper

… ¶ … human condition transcends the esoteric and becomes real is through the human ability to conceptualize events outside of the horrific reality of the event and turn these events into something nobler, something more timeless, and even something more meaningful to future generations. One way we humans tend to look at these grand processes is to extrapolate behaviors into their smallest component. When looking at human nature, for instance, we find that biological determinism has become part of the way we explain the human condition. . It claims, for example, that the behavior of human beings is determined by the genes possessed by individuals and leads to the conclusion that all human society is governed by the sum of the behavior of all the…. [read more]

Armenian Genocide Term Paper

… Armenian Genocide, Turkish Excuses

Children dead or dying in the street. Trenches filled with corpses. Thousands of villages destroyed. The countryside cleared of its inhabitants. A people herded into concentration camps. Organized terror. Foreign diplomats look on and do nothing. A government at war is protecting itself from the ravages of the enemy within... Or so it claims. These are not scenes from Iraq, or Darfur, nor are they images of the horror of the Jewish Holocaust carried out by the Nazis in conjunction with the Second World War.

Man's inhumanity to man has a long history. This nightmare dates to an earlier "war to end all wars," - the first war to be so called. In 1914, an Austrian archduke was assassinated at Sarajevo,…. [read more]

Political Science International Political Economy: Realist, Liberal Research Paper

… Political Science

International Political Economy:

Realist, Liberal, and Marxist Perspectives

The current international order is in a state of flux. As economics becomes ever more global in scale, nation states struggle to maintain their independent powers and spheres of influence. The more than three hundred year old Westphalian order has been replaced, to a significant extent, by a system of international organizations, and an international political economy that has attempted to coalesce around a single hegemon. Through agreements such as Bretton Woods, the United States established its currency as the world's reserve standard. The petroleum that fuels the globe's industrial powerhouses is, by and large, bought and sold in dollars. The United States, despite enormous declines in industrial output, and a move toward a post-industrial…. [read more]

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