The Concept of Dignity in the Early Science Fiction Novels of Kurt Vonnegut.

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Kurt Vonnegut's early science fiction novels depict societies and characters that, as in the real world, have become callous and downtrodden. These works use supercomputers, aliens, and space travel, often in a comical manner, to demonstrate that the future, unless people change their concepts of humanity, will not be the paradise of advanced technology and human harmony that some may expect. In fact, Vonnegut suggests that the human condition may gradually worsen if people continue to look further and further into the universe for happiness and purpose. To Vonnegut, the key to happiness is dignity, and this key is to ... continued below

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Dye, Scott Allen May 2003.

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Kurt Vonnegut's early science fiction novels depict societies and characters that, as in the real world, have become callous and downtrodden. These works use supercomputers, aliens, and space travel, often in a comical manner, to demonstrate that the future, unless people change their concepts of humanity, will not be the paradise of advanced technology and human harmony that some may expect. In fact, Vonnegut suggests that the human condition may gradually worsen if people continue to look further and further into the universe for happiness and purpose. To Vonnegut, the key to happiness is dignity, and this key is to be found within ourselves, not without.

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Dye, Scott Allen. The Concept of Dignity in the Early Science Fiction Novels of Kurt Vonnegut., thesis, May 2003; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4155/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .