Mother Night Topics for Discussion

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What role does death play in the book? Is death a good thing or a bad thing?

Why does Vonnegut use real historical figures in a fictional novel?

Why isn't the narrator conflicted by his initial acceptance of the propaganda job? When and why do his feeling about his role in the war change?

Why was the narrator's role in the Nazi movement more important than Hitler's?

What is the most important theme of the book and why?

Why was the target caricature drawing an indictment of the narrator as a war criminal?

The novel has a strong anti-war message. What arguments comprise that message?

Why does Resi pretend to be Helga?

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