Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Book Analysis)
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. It provides a thorough exploration of the novel’s plot, characters and main themes, as well as a useful discussion of the social and historical context in which it was written. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time.
This clear and detailed 48-page reading guide is structured as follows:
- Biography of Kurt Vonnegut
- Presentation of Cat’s Cradle
- Summary of Cat’s Cradle
- Character study
- Dr Felix Hoenikker
- Newt Hoenikker
- Angela Hoenikker
- Frank Hoenikker
- Analysis of Cat’s Cradle
- 1960s America and the birth of the counterculture
- Revising the Second World War
About Cat’s Cradle
Cat’s Cradle is a science fiction novel which satirizes the arms race and the looming threat of global devastation caused by weapons of mass destruction. In the course of his work, the writer Jonah learns about the scientist Dr Felix Hoenikker and his last creation, ice-nine, which has the power to freeze all the water on the planet. Jonah’s work also takes him to the fictional nation of San Lorenzo, where he discovers a strange new religion and the deadly power of ice-nine is unleashed for the first time.
About Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer who is best known for his satirical anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which was published in 1969 at the height of the controversial Vietnam War and was heavily inspired by Vonnegut’s own experiences as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. During that time, he survived the bombing of Dresden by Allied forces by taking shelter in a meat locker in the slaughterhouse he was being forced to work in. Vonnegut died in 2007, and is remembered as one of the most important satirical writers of the 20th century.