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Summary Of Cat's Cradle And Dr. Strangelove

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In the 20th century, the shadow of the Cold War hung over the world, dividing it politically and therefore creating palpable tension. In addition to this tense atmosphere, great advances occurred in science and technology, such as the space race and numerous inventions which launched the world into the scientifically advanced age in which we now live. However, the abilities of these break throughs also had negative capabilities which caused great paranoia throughout the world in the 20th c. In both the novel Cat's Cradle and the film Dr. Strangelove, the creators Vonnegut and Kubrick, respectively, highlight the multifaceted power of scientific progress in the context of satirical pieces of entertainment which are intended to make their audiences aware of problems in the 20th c. world and hopefully spark change. Vonnegut cleverly utilizes satirical elements such as exaggeration, farce, and parody, to get across to his readers the power of science and the importance of understanding humans' roles in it. Towards the beginning of the novel, the invention ice-nine is introduced as having been created by Felix Hoenikker and is described just as a group of girls dressed in white comes to Dr. Breed's office and sings "O Little Town of Bethlehem" with importance placed on the line "The hopes and fears of all the years are here with us tonight" (Vonnegut 47). By pointing out the contrast between the almost angelic singers and the scientists in the office, Vonnegut is able
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