By Vonnegut, Kurt; Davis, Todd F.; Vonnegut, Kurt
Explores the ethical and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut’s work.
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In order to puzzle out this conundrum, we must turn to Vonnegut’s great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut, who wrote an Instruction in Morals published in 1900. Although Clemens Vonnegut was raised a Roman Catholic, he is often characterized as a freethinker and a religious skeptic. Vonnegut explains that he aspires to be the “cultivated eccentric” that his great-grandfather was, and Vonnegut’s own morality, demonstrated with great diversity and fervor in his writing, clearly owes much to his ancestor.
It is much more comforting to believe that the United States is somehow divinely anointed for providential business, to perceive the nation’s leaders as somehow beyond reproach, than to recognize the limitations of our national vision and the existence of other national dreams. In the postmodern world, however, this illusion has been shattered and destroyed by a postmodern condition that indefinitely postpones any totality of meaning and produces a proliferation of stories, temporalities, and spaces.
2 Searching for Answers in the Early Novels Or, What Are We Here for Anyway? Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself. But mankind wasn’t always so lucky. Less than a century ago men and women did not have easy access to the puzzle boxes within them. They could not name even one of the fifty-three portals to the soul. —Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan Daydreaming about God: Vonnegut as Philosophical Novelist BEFORE LOOKING AT Vonnegut’s initial forays into the fictional long form, I suggest that some understanding of the impetus behind his artistry is in order.