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“Vonnegut’s satire is full of lessons both learned and unlearned.” Discuss this passage with reference to the whole novel.
PASSAGE: (on handout)
p.103- ‘….And the donor and his descendants become undistinguished members of the whining poor.’ pl 104
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ASSESSMENT TOPIC BREAK DOWN
“Vonnegut’s satire is full of lessons both learned and unlearned.” Discuss this passage (about Stewart Buntline p.103-4) with reference to the whole novel.
- What lesson/s are on offering in this passage? About what aspects of life ? What is the significance of these in relations to the test of the text
- What lessons are characters offered elsewhere in the text? By whom to whom? What is the significance of this?
- What learning/lack of learning occurs in this process?
- Can the whole text be construed as a ‘lesson’ about anything? What does Vonnegut set out to teach us about and how is that achieved?
Key concepts: altruism, charity, socialism, capitalism, satire, meritocracy, class, wealth, greed, status, self-interest, opportunism, the American Dream, insanity, patriotism