- Connections to ALIS Book -
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut


->In Cat's Cradle, Jonah is writing a book called, The Day the World Ended. His book is about the famous scientist Felix Hoenikker, a man who helped to invent the atom bomb. Jonah goes to the lab that Hoenikker worked at to ask people associated with him about his quiet life. Miss Faust, his former secretary, is simply a secretary...she doesn't understand anything about science or even why people are interested in it. She finds his life and his accomplishments rather strange, and sees him and his family to be strange as well. "Maybe he really was a martian," I [Jonah] suggested. "That would certainly go a long way toward explaining his three strange kids," she said (Vonnegut 58).

->I find it odd that she would say this about his children. She doesn't even know them, she's only heard things from Mr. Hoenikker himself. This is just one more example of how people see things that are different from them and immediately classify them as strange. Honestly, it's unfair that people are not talked to or befriended for just simply being unique.

->Another example from Cat's Cradle: Jonah ventures to the cemetary where Mr. Hoenikker and his wife are buried. He asks Marvin Breed, the groundskeeper, to show him to the place where Hoenikker's gravestone is. Even a man that didn't know him at all; only from television and from his remaining family judged him, "There was one queer son of a b....!" (Vonnegut 64). Though it almost like Breed was jealous of the man. He talks about the image that people gave Hoenikker, "I know all about how harmless and gentle and dreamy he was supposed to be, how he didn't care about money and power and fancy clothes and automobiles and things, how he wasn't like the rest of us, how he was better than the rest of us, how he was so innocent and practically a Jesus...without the Son of God part" (Vonnegut 67). It almost seems like Breed judges him because he is jealous of his accomplishments and for getting the girl that he loved.

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-Connections to The Crucible-

->Abigail is a character that is a completely different person on the inside than she appears to be on the outside. When one begins to read The Crucible, they might think that she is just another one of the girls in the town of Salem, just living her life. When in reality, she is a manipulative and obsessive person. Abigail manipulates her friends to turn against Mary Warren and obsesses over John Proctor, whom she had an affair with for a period of time. She forces the other girls of the town to turn against Mary Warren as well, because she does not believe in their game of pretending to be witched.

->Deception is Abigail's main goal in Salem. She deceives her Uncle Parris when telling him about the ceremony her and her friends performed in the woods with Tituba, claiming that it was only "sport" and not a bewitching ceremony. She deceives the people in the court, claiming to see a yellow bird cast by Mary Warren that swoops down to tear her face apart. There are only a few people that see through her act and see that she only wants to hurt and indirectly kill others. However, most people in the town cannot see that she is only decieving them and believe every word she says. These people are seeing with their eyes, instead of the their minds and hearts which would tell them what is right.

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-Connections to The Village-

->To me, Ivy's blindness is really not a bad thing. She has the chance to really get to know someone based on personality and character rather that by the way they look, which is how most people decide whether they will actually talk to someone first. Ivy's character is also made much stronger by her loss of sight. She depends on herself and a selective hope in others to go through life. This 'selective hope' in other people is judged by Ivy; she sees who has the truest personality and places her hope in them if she sees fit to do so.

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-Connections to A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings-

->Judgments constantly go on through this short story toward the angel. When he comes to the town, the people throw him in a cage, call him names, and throw rocks at him. The vision/sterotype that the people have of angels are large, majestic creatures with strong, full wings. Instead, the angel that sits before them is a frail old man whose feathers are falling out. Immediately after he arrives, judgements are thrown at him and he doesn't even get a chance to explain where he came from or why. The people chose only to see with their eyes instead of their minds, seeing an old man rather than an angel that possibly has great potential in life.

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-Connections to Gothic Unit-
The Minister's Black Veil

->In The Minister's Black Veil, he covers up his eyes perhaps to hide "the windows to his soul." He wants people to fear him and to be secretive, so by covering up his eyes he can hide what he does not want other people to know.

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-Connections to Transcendentalism-

->Honestly, I do no believe that transcendentalism really connects to my philosophy statement. It is almost a selfish thing, being almost fully about the the celebration of oneself and civil disobedience. My philosophy statement, "One should see with their mind, instead of their eyes for their eyes might deceive them," shows that one should care for others as well as themselves, no matter what their differences are. It is the celebration of the unique instead of just oneself.

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-Connections to Frederick Douglass An American Slave-

->It is hard for me to connect Douglass to my personal philosophy statement. The things that Douglass saw throughout his life as a slave, must have been almost unbearable. In his situation, it seems like it would be hard for him not to judge the slave owners becuase they did such cruel and inhumane things to the slaves to dehumanize them. So I think that it would be nearly impossible for him to keep an open mind and see the goodness inside the slave owners because I believe that there was none.
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