Shades of Dresden: Kurt Vonnegut and the Artist's Responsibility in Responding to and Representing War
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Warfare has been a widely studied subject, dating as far back as the Greek historian Thucydides recording the events of the Peloponnesian War (Okerstrom 13). For as long as humanity has engaged in warfare, there have also been creative responses as a means of interpreting and evaluating this form of international violence. When confronting war we face not only the disturbing truths about a history of massacres, but also the evil of human nature and our own inherent potential for cruelty. War is noteworthy and disturbing because of the affluence of premeditated, intentional, and brutal deaths. Also, when examining war we see a central component of our own humanity: mortality.
Brown, Marissa S., "Shades of Dresden: Kurt Vonnegut and the Artist's Responsibility in Responding to and Representing War" (2003). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 232.