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In the novel Cats Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut, Bokonon is a religion created to protect people from their own lives.

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Melanie Feliciano Lyon Kressner Analysis Paper ANALYSIS ON CATS CRADLE: BOKONON AND ITS FALSE HELP In the novel Cat?s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut, Bokonon is a religion created to ?protect? people from their own lives. It is said that people need something to believe in, something to cast their eyes on when all else fails, Bokonon is that belief system. In the Novel, the dedication page acknowledges a quote from ?The Books of Bokonon?, which says ?Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.? Upon looking at the asterisk provided next to the word ?foma? it showed that it meant ?harmless untruths?. ...read more.


Therefore leading people to believe and follow any simple thing that encourages even the slightest feeling of hope, happiness, or courage within themselves in order for their situation at hand to become or appear better. It is said “ignorance is bliss”, and in the novel, Bokonon is used in a way to remain ignorant to life itself. In chapter 5 in Dr. Felix Hoenikker’s Nobel Prize speech stated “…. I stand before you now because I never stopped dawdling like an eight-year-old ….. Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn. I am a very happy man. Thank you.” This statement within itself shows how naïve people are. ...read more.


This is because, as I stated earlier, people are willing to follow the crowd. I say follow the crowd in the sense that, if one person is asked, do you think the sky is red? And another person is asked the same question and so on and so forth, after a while there will be a room full of people with their hands up saying yes the sky is red, while the one person who thinks the sky is blue, is stuck feeling as if they have to say its red in order to fit in, or not appear like the odd ball. What I am basically trying to say is this, Bokonon is a religion telling you, what you want to hear, all the sweet nothings and empty promises known to man, just to make you feel good and your pain seem short lived. ...read more.

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