Food for Thought. “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘G– d*&% it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”
Majored in Chemistry and Biology
Enlists in U.S. Army
Served in World War II
University of Chicago
Died April 2007, New York, NYKurt Vonnegut
Fell into severe depression
Overdosed on sleeping pills
Night before Mother's Day 1944.
Themes in Writing
Loss of the "American Dream"Family Life
by Allied forces in 1945.
Each box = a tableau
Numbers = physical chronology
The line = narrative flow
“If the accident will”
“an old fart with his memories and Pall Malls”
“My name is Jon Jonson”
“And so on”
the smell of mustard gas and roses
The Children's Crusade
a dance with deathMotifs: Definition
Recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes.
("Or The Children's Crusade | A Duty-Dance with Death")