Kurt Vonnegut Satire Analysis

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Kurt Vonnegut was a man of some weird ideas, and he shows through his characters in all his stories. Kurt’s satire works so well because he used personal events that he added to all the elements in his works. Vonnegut’s experience as a soldier in WWII allowed him to express the vicious reality of government, war, violence and everything else that comes with it. “Slaughterhouse-five,” “Harrison Bergeron”, and “All the Kings Horse’s,” are three texts one begins to notice Vonnegut’s use of satire. One will also notice how he has used many different methods to show satire such as irony and tone.

By definition satire means the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc. Also dark comedy was used to lighten up situations in a text that were meant to be sad. Kurt Vonnegut shows us his use of this is multiple amounts of books. The first book looked at is “Slaughterhouse-five” or know as “The Children’s Crusade”. This was a novel known to be a satire novel. “The Children’s Crusade.” The title shows the first sight of satire. The men in war are represented as children because of the childish behaviour. One can clearly see this Roland Weary, when he is left by his fellow troops known as “The Three Musketeers” and he essential blames Billy for all that has happened to them throughout their time together and pulls a gun on him. These actions show how Roland still has a childish side and uncontrollable actions. “Because of the movies nobody will believe that it was babies who fought the war.”(Kurt Vonnegut). Vonnegut makes this statement saying that the men in war are drafted as babies and that none of them are physically and mentally equipped to handle what comes from war, also since he was one to be drafted at a young age. Also stated that even if they were, nothing would help them. Also Kurt Vonnegut was known for using dark humour through out this book such as when the reader sees a drunk Billy Pilgrim struggling to find his steering wheel. Although this is funny for one to read and imagine a drunken struggle, the reader doesn’t clue in that this is a tough time for Billy and it is one depressing state for him. But Kurt uses dark humour so that the reader can
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