Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Robert L. Lynch, Jr., Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ellery Sedgwick, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Martha E. Cook, Ph.D.


This thesis looks at several Vonnegut novels through both the lenses of existentialism and naturalism, claiming that each is just as important and present in his work as the other. It examines his life, as well, and how his experiences and observations on life tie into his writing.



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