Comparing Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat’s Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse Five"
Overwhelmingly common in Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five are strong anti-war sentiments which show all the ways "war is deleterious towards the human condition."(Marvin) Vonnegut shows how war can only cause suffering and …show more content…
Arguably, as palpable as the serious physical toll wars exact on those involved, is how they bring about delirium for those in power and on the battlefield. Because the war Billy is relegated to a mental hospital because of his reactionary mental state. Most likely, the cause of this insanity is all the death he witnesses in the war.(Marvin) Unable to cope with all the suffering he witnesses, Billy slides into a very unstable state. Strangely enough, he discovers aliens called the Tralfamadorians, who incidentally hold beliefs that rationalize death and suffering. Coupled with his unstable mentality and the outlandish nature of the Tralfamadorians one can infer that they are figments of Billy's imagination who aid in coping with his post-war trauma. Vonnegut re-iterates this point in Cat's Cradle, when he shows how the search for power causes delirium in people and governments. Power causes delirium in Felix's children because they sell his ice nine in exchange for a husband, a tiny Russian acrobat, and a made-up military position. It causes delirium in governments because they plan to use this scientific marvel as a weapon, when it clearly was not meant to be used as such.
Another malignant effect of war is its toll on the human