Scientific Innovation and Cat’s Cradle: Do Our Beliefs Impede Progress?

Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle asserts that our attitudes—as well as the behaviors that stem from them—toward the implications of scientific innovation impact the decisions we make. In doing so, he provokes the reader to investigate the potential repercussions of viewing science as a holy grail of sorts, following it as if it is a religion. The … Read moreScientific Innovation and Cat’s Cradle: Do Our Beliefs Impede Progress?

Human Condition in Cat’s Cradle

Understanding ourselves and the surroundings that shape us is no small feat. Sci-fi novels time and time again have attempted to address such topics by manipulating and distorting the future in a different light. But Kurt Vonnegut takes a different approach, one that is unmistakably human: through comedy. In particular, Cat’s Cradle is a telling … Read moreHuman Condition in Cat’s Cradle

Organized Religion in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cats Cradle: See God? See Satan?

“See the cat? See the cradle?” retorts the midget Newt in an attempt to explain the inspiration for a grotesque and confounding painting of his. This singular quote is the namesake for Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle, and embodies the leitmotif of this tongue-in-cheek canon on religion, sex, politics, and everything in between. In the … Read moreOrganized Religion in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cats Cradle: See God? See Satan?

Felix Hoenikker: The Man, The Disorder, The Misperceptions

Post-World War II, scientists were considered the heroes of modern society. The nation’s science labs were heavily mobilized and federal spending on research development was over twenty times what it had been prior to the start of the war (Hampson). This society is what laid the ground work for Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical masterpiece Cat’s Cradle. … Read moreFelix Hoenikker: The Man, The Disorder, The Misperceptions

The Fulfillment of One’s Desire Does Not Lead to Happiness: A Central Paradox of ‘Cat’s Cradle’

What do people really want, and how far would they be willing to go to get that something? Is it always worth it – to get what one most desires, but not to be happy? These are the very questions that Kurt Vonnegut explores in his satirical novel Cat’s Cradle. The author illustrates that the … Read moreThe Fulfillment of One’s Desire Does Not Lead to Happiness: A Central Paradox of ‘Cat’s Cradle’