Biography of Kurt Vonnegut

2381 Words Jun 18th, 2018 10 Pages
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born to third-generation German American parents in the city of Indianapolis, year 1922, November 11th. While at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Vonnegut was heavily involved with the school’s daily newspaper, the first and only daily high school newspaper in our nation. During his time at Cornell University, Vonnegut became the school paper’s senior editor. World War II then began, and so Vonnegut joined our nation’s armed forces. Mother’s Day came in 1944, and during this time while Vonnegut was home on leave, his mother committed suicide. Later on while in the army, Vonnegut was sent to Europe where he was captured and made into a POW by Germans. He witnessed the 1945 bombing of Dresden, which was later …show more content…
After hearing of the quick selling of Mr. Delahanty’s home, old Mrs. Hellbrunner, who’s mansion has been on the market for three years, begins to lose faith in her real estate agent, the narrator. She delivers to the narrator an angry telephone call, adding evidence to the narrator’s earlier statement. In a very timely entry immediately following Mrs. Hellbrunner’s call, right when the narrator is feeling that nothing can go his way, an army colonel and his wife who share an aura of superiority enter the narrator’s office, requesting to view the Hurty estate. The man and his wife visit the estate and ask Mr. Hurty if they could wander around a bit, as though the place was already their own. Mr. Hurty complies and his guests unexpectedly stay at his house for the next three days, making much use of his swimming pool, stable, liquor and cigars.
When finally pressured to buy the mansion, the couple suddenly becomes disinterested and decide that they want something else. Mr. Hurty decides to find a new real estate agent. And so the next day Colonel Peckham returns to the narrator’s office, his attention now attracted to old Mrs. Hellbrunner’s estate. They visit, seem to love the place, and ask Mrs. Hellbrunner if they could wander around a bit, as though the place was already their own. Mrs. Hellbrunner complies, and four days later is sick of her guests. The couple is once again pressured to buy, and this