Human Fallibility At Its Finest : Vonnegut 's View Of Cataclysm

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Human fallibility at its finest: Vonnegut’s view of cataclysm
Putting the political agenda aside, Naomi Klein’s idea of a “long for that impossibly clean slate, which can be reached only through some kind of cataclysm” (Klein 21) does not hold true for Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut believes that man will never have a truly clean slate as we are inevitably flawed by our own stupidity. Cat’s Cradle is laid out on a bed of well spun lies, courtesy of Bokonon, which is really meant to serve as a mockery of mankind. In the end everyone dies and those who survive are normal, flawed people and Bokonon realizes its time to die. At the end of the day we are no better alive then dead, as the history is there yet we never learn. Dying is not taboo but really a well deserved end. Examples can be seen of the frivolity of life in the Hoenikker siblings, the critiques of mankind as a whole through Bokonism and how religion is a made up concept and the inevitability of death through Bokonon himself. These examples work cohesively to demonstrate that Vonnegut’s critique is two fold. Cataclysm will create a new slate but it will never truly be clean and the second being that it really doesn’t matter if man gets a new chance. We are flawed, always have been and always will be. The Hoenikker family have a certain air of aloofness to them which reflects in their downfall. They seem to never be fully cognizant of their actions which leads to terrible consequences. Felix was too concerned with his…

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