In choosing something to write about, keep in mind Kurt Vonnegut's advice: "Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about." But be sure to rely on your head as well as your heart: select a topic that you know something about, either from your own experience or from that of others.
Kurt Vonnegut’s work on the Slaughterhouse-five and Catcher in the Rye are regarded as some of the best literal works on the demonstration of the link between the lives of the lives of the authors and the stories resented in the novels. This review aims at discussing Kurt Vonnegut’s life in relation to his novels – Slaughterhouse-five and Catcher in the Rye.
It can be discerned that we have the capacity to view within ourselves the suppressed elements that encompasses the life of Holden. The author of the Catcher in the Rye has thus effectively used imagery to present a fascinating side of his past life to the reader. This has been effectively achieved by the application of imagery, concept of time and an enlightening description of our human condition. In conclusion, both Vonnegut and Salinger have effectively presented their personal lives through the application of imagery. The successes of these two literal works have been achieved by the careful and intrinsic dissection of the authors’ lives through different perspectives.
In insisting between the world of fiction and fantasy (Tralfamadore) and the world of brutal fact (Dresden), Vonnegut’s novel portrays the link between the novel and the personal life of the author. It can be discerned that Vonnegut shares the same theory with Louis-Ferdinand Celine from attitude about art and life by saying that “No art is possible without a dance with death….the truth is death” (14).
It is within the backdrop knowledge of the bombing that the dark world of slaughterhouse-five emerges. The innocent character of Billy Pilgrim is reflected as a young innocent man caught up in confusion beyond his personal reflection. Another concept that the author has used to in the Slaughterhouse-Five to mirror his personal life is the concept of time. Kurt Vonnegut has therefore used the concept of time to answer the fundamental question – What is the purpose of life? Like any good existentialist in the league of Vonnegut, he has put himself comfortably in the shoes other renowned writers like Barth and Borges.
In the slaughterhouse-five by this author, dramatic life and tragic young life influences this work in greater perspectives. The immense achievement of his immigrant families are shuttered by the economic depression and political change in the society. The traditional values that were deeply entrenched within the American society such as tolerance and common sense are juxtaposed within this literal work to demonstrate the levels and absurdity of human kind that has encompassed the life of the author. Such folly of mankind is magnified by the bombing of an innocent city of Dresden- a city of no military importance and the reason of obvious target by allied forces is a mystery.