Fates Worse Than Death Characters & Character Analysis

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The author of Fates Worse Than Death, Vonnegut is the youngest of three children born to architect Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., and a mother, Edith, who by night is insane on alcohol and prescription drugs. Her suicide takes place on Mother's Day 1944, on the eve of Vonnegut's shipping out to take part in the invasion of Normandy. Vonnegut mentions this traumatic event several times in the book, once in conjunction with his own suicide attempt in 1983. He meets lifelong best friend Bernard V. O'Hare at Camp Atterbury, and together they attend the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), only to be yanked out for D-Day as riflemen. O'Hare and Vonnegut are "hitched" by the Buddy System, made battalion intelligence scouts, captured in December 1944 and taken to Dresden, which is firebombed on February 13, 1945, while the Germans are in full retreat. When liberated in May 1945, Vonnegut hears...

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