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Social Commentary from Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut's science fiction novel, Cat's Cradle, is chocked full of social comment, satirical comedy, and an overall bleak view on American Society. Through the literary faith Bokononism Vonnegut introduces us to John, a young man who's writing a book about the day the atomic bomb has been dropped. His research led him to the late Dr. Felix Hoenikker, a brilliant scientist who had been known as the "father of the atomic bomb." Anxious to learn more about Hoenikker out of his surviving children, John followed into the impecunious island of San Lorenzo. In San Lorenzo John premiered into Bokononism, the dominant (nonetheless prohibited) religion of the island; that among its many eccentric features, openly proclaimed that it was a complete lie. While on the island, John also discovered more about Ice Nine, the last project that Hoenikker established. Ice Nine ( a simple rearrangement of water molecules) had the capability to freeze any body of water, either because of a intricate crystalline formation. Although the ice was to be Hoenikker's great gift to the army to suspend swamps during battle, so that they can move troops more economically; it ended up being a generation more deadly than the atomic bomb itself. Subsequently John's adventures came to a brutal, if strangely acceptable end caused by the selfishness of human character. The moral of the story, laced with ignorance, ignorance, self-indulgence, and control is that existence is completely unworthy and neglects to serve a goal. Still, the comic relief and vivacity of this publication gives it power and charm, curiously contrasted with its gloomy meaning. In the beginning of the novel, the reader has been introduced into the deceased Felix Hoenikker, a guy who was filled with curiosity and had a uncanny regard for everything scientific. Not only was he the father of the nuclear bomb, but shortly before his departure he created the Ice Nine. Together with the capacity to suspend anything liquid it was basically the end of the world, if it get into the wrong hands. Although the original aim of the water derived destructor was to assist soldiers solidify swampy muck when fighting enemies, so they may easily get through was...