Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut, the author of many amazing books, essays, and plays is also one of the most renounced authors of the 21st century. His ability to humor, entertain, and infrom the reader in issues of war, society, and religion has brought him much praise and even reproach. He has encountered many struggles to convey his life's work. Throughout many of Vonnegut's works, we are shown his ability to turn major events in his life into satirical dark humor.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis Indiana. He spent most of his life and adolesnce in Indianapolis and is very thankfull."What people like about me is Indianoplis" (The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial). Kurt graduated Shortridge High, where he was a writer and editor of his school newspaper. Later he attended Cornwell University. Kurt hoped to follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps in becoming an architect. Due to the economic crisis that fell in 1929 that lasted through the 1960s known as the Great Depression, Kurt was urged by his father to major in something else. He decided to study Biology and Chemistry. Later he attended Carnegie Institute of Techology and the University of Tennesse. At 20 years of age when World War II broke Vonnegut enlisted into the army. In 1944 in the Battle of the Bulge in Dreseden Germany,Vonnegut was captured and became a prisoner of war. Vonnegut and fellow POWs where kept to work in a factory that produced vitamins, and were sent to dorm in an under ground slaughterhouse. Later Soviet troops took over and Vonnegut was freed. Much of what he experienced during the war can be found in his books. (Shields 28)
Vonnegut was able to transform the horrid events he experinced into his most acclaimed novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Slaughterhouse-Five takes in accounts of what Kurt Vonnegut saw in World War II through the naration of Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut explains his feelings on war, and how he believes that war is...