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Tuesday, April 13 • 8:05am - 5:00pm
A Vonnegutian Exploration of Truth, Meaning, and the Human Condition

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Kurt Vonnegut, one of America’s most prolific authors—and perhaps one of the most difficult to categorize—possessed the unique ability to express simply the complexities of human life. While Vonnegut often reveals the chaos and absurdity of reality by imagining the darkest and most disconcerting experiences humanity may face, underlying all of his works is an undeniably humanist ethos. Despite this, Vonnegut is often labeled a fatalistic pessimist, a cynic, and a nihilist. By closely examining his novels The Sirens of Titan, Cat’s Cradle, and Slaughterhouse-Five, I propose that Vonnegut, although critical of humanity, warns against embracing the belief that human life is futile and instead advocates for the potential good of humanity.


Haley Huffman

English (BA)

Tuesday April 13, 2021 8:05am - 5:00pm EDT
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