Vonnegut's earlier works had appealed strongly to many college students, and the antiwar message of Slaughterhouse-Five resonated with a generation marked by the Vietnam War.
Many critics believe that, having at last come to terms with Dresden, he lost the major inspiration for much of his work; others feel that Slaughterhouse-Five may have been the single great novel that Vonnegut was capable of writing.
He lived in a slaughterhouse when he got to the city, and worked in a factory that made malt syrup for pregnant women. Like Vonnegut, the main character of Slaughterhouse-Five, named Billy Pilgrim, was present at the bombing of Dresden and has been deeply affected by the experience.
In Hocus Pocus, for example, he says that the primary character, excluding himself, is imperialism. When he stopped taking the drug in the mids, he began to see a psychologist weekly. Moreover, his son apparently had a "break down" at about this same time.
Thus, they did not teach their youngest son German, or introduce him to German literature and traditions, leaving him feeling "ignorant and rootless.
New York: G. His work, while often dealing with tragedy, was famed for espousing humanitarian, even socialist values, and often had a strong anti-war, anti-capitalist feel.
Indianapolis, Indiana American writer, essayist, and dramatist Kurt Vonnegut is acknowledged as a major voice in American literature and applauded for his subtle criticisms and sharp portrayal of modern society.
Vonnegut uses Starbuck's being hired by this industrial giant to point out the corruptness of U. The novel has a post-Third World War setting, in which factory workers have been replaced by machines.