Cat's Cradle: Science vs Religion Essay

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English 11 30 November 2012 Science and Religion, Vonnegut’s Views Do lies have more value on lives than pure truths? In the novel Cat’s Cradle written by Kurt Vonnegut, he explains that the lies of religion have more value than scientific truths. Vonnegut writes that people, such as the government, use pure truths of science in order to destroy their fellow man. On the other hand, Vonnegut includes the lies of the Bokononist religion in his novel as a contrasting view to destroying the fellow man. In Cat’s Cradle, science leads to the end of the world by the creation of ice-nine by Felix Hoenikker. The destruction comes about despite efforts of people such as Bokonon, who try to get people to live their lives by loving one another. Felix is a character representing science and does not deal with the abstract. In contrast, Mona represents religion by believing the lies of Bokononism and treating everyone with love and equality. Dr. von Koenigswald is a “bad scientist,” who represents the hybrid between science and religion. The value of religion enhances lives more effective than science does. In order to represent Vonnegut’s view on science, Felix Hoenikker characterizes all the corruption science causes worldwide. Felix is the father of three unstable children, the atomic bomb, and ice-nine. His inventions, along with his children, lead to the destruction of the human race. Felix’s only beliefs are in things that he is able to see, taste, touch, feel, and smell. Therefore, Felix does not believe in idealistic notions. He does not care about the feelings of others around him. Representing Felix’s nonbelief in the ideals of life, he says to his co-worker Mrs. Faust, “What is God? What is love?”(Vonnegut 55). Felix does not understand what ideals are and does not care about the feelings of others. John, the narrator of the novel, notices that Felix has plenty of

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