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Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night, published in 1961, is the memoirs of Howard J. Campbell. Howard is said to be a Nazi propagandist who is working for the American government and his identity becomes in question when he does a very good job pretending to be a Nazi propagandist. Although the novel and Vonnegut’s editor note make it appear as though everything in the novel actually happened, the book is a work of fiction. The moral of the story is put up front for the reader and is a follows “We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” The moral and reading of the book brings up questions of truth and morality. Almost every character in this book has two identities so its get difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is pretend. The most difficult character to distinguish if their actions and words are real or pretend is Howard J. Campbell. The reader has to decide if Howard was just playing a part during the war and what he is saying in these memoirs are the truth or is he just trying to justify what he did to make sure his survival in history is perceived in a good light. Ultimately, Howard’s loyalty resides with his survival so his sole purpose of writing this memoir was to make everyone believe he did it for the better cause when in actuality he let the identity he was pretending to be and instinct for survival take over his idea of wrong and...

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