Mother Night , by Kurt Vonnegut. Background information and essential questions. Who is Kurt Vonnegut?. His work
Background information and essential questions
He often used science fiction to capture the wonder, irrationality, randomness, and coincidence that he experienced in life. Science fiction was used to perceive the every day, not to escape it. Humor is a key element in Vonnegut’s work.
He was a POW during WWII and survived the Dresden Allied fire bombings. When he was home on leave, his mother committed suicide on Mother’s Day 1944. His sister, Alice, died from cancer within hours of her husband’s death in a train crash. Surely his vision of the fantastic in daily life was shaped by these occurrences. Take a look at this brief interview. In it, he details his experience in Dresden.
Consider the following questions as you build your response:
What does the notion of pretense imply about people? When might people pretend to be something or someone that they are not? Is this a positive or negative trait? Should people pretend (why or why not)?
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