The Aesthetic Backround Of Cat's Cradle

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After experiencing two world wars, with its destructions to the environment and mankind, modern man began to question the meaning of wars. This resulted with many conflicts in people, due to the fact that the term war were also created by themselves. In the mean time there was also another threathening reality; "science", which reached an increadable measures that man was no more able to control, and catch its improvement. At this point, they felt themselves lost in their own creation of modern world which was based on science, technology and industry. With in this mood of weakness towards the huge powers of the system around them, some people chose to escape from these harsh realities and began to live in an illusionary world, in which they searched peace and safety. On the other hand, some others, (except the minority who celebrated, and welcomed all the development in science), like Kurt Vonnegut, as a writer, tried to find solution to this complicated situation through his novels, in order to help people to get out this kind of chaos. However, even for him it was very hard to reach these troubled people through traditional techniques in wiriting, because, the time, setting and truth concepts had already disappeared for them. In this atmosphere of carelessness, everything was felt fragmented, meaningless and broken. So, there emerged a new era called "Post-modernism", in order to identify this complicated situation. In this respect, with these complications' reflections to literature, writers, like Kurt Vonnegut, had to constitude different methods to portrait new world in terms of formation and context. As Cat's Cradle was published in 1963, it presents a contemporary world through postmodernist approach, which dates back to the modernity, in which Kurt Vonnegut expresses his thoughts in an absolute freedom to create.Eventhough the word " modernity" had been used since fifth century, its application to American social life and literature reached its peak in the late nineteenth century, after the industrial revolution, with the new movement called "modernism". The immediate growth in industry caused many complexities in the society. Due to the "laissez-faire" economy, which was based on Darwinian concept of "survival of the fittest", masses of people began to struggle under this hard fact of capitalist system. Meanwhile, the other side of the mirror was different, since, parallel to the rapid growth of industry, science and technology, the prosperity of the middle class also increased, that a rise of great modernist movement came to cultural scene and became rulling convention from the 1930s under the name of "High Modernism". Because of the fact that middle class became the dominant power and formed the values, trends, interests, standarts of the society, modernist reacted against it, and they dedicated themselves to the taste of a sophisticated minority, according to avant-garde standarts, with disapproving conventional norms in artistic...

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