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"From the Ted Talk by Mia Nacamulli: Why should you read Kurt Vonnegut?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

While the Trafalmadorians may be at pcaee with their lack of aegcny, Vonnegut’s human cahcrearts are still getting used to it. In The Sirens of Titan, when they seek the mnanieg of life in the vastness of the universe, they find nothing but “empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless daeth.” Then, from their vantage point within a “chrono-synclastic infundibulum,” a man and his dog see devastating futures for their earthly counterparts, but can’t change the course of evtnes. Though there aren’t easy answers available, they eventually conclude that the purpose of life is “to love whoever is around to be loved.”

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While the Trafalmadorians may be at _____ with their lack of ______, Vonnegut’s human __________ are still getting used to it. In The Sirens of Titan, when they seek the _______ of life in the vastness of the universe, they find nothing but “empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless _____.” Then, from their vantage point within a “chrono-synclastic infundibulum,” a man and his dog see devastating futures for their earthly counterparts, but can’t change the course of ______. Though there aren’t easy answers available, they eventually conclude that the purpose of life is “to love whoever is around to be loved.”

Solution

  1. events
  2. meaning
  3. agency
  4. peace
  5. characters
  6. death

Original Text

While the Trafalmadorians may be at peace with their lack of agency, Vonnegut’s human characters are still getting used to it. In The Sirens of Titan, when they seek the meaning of life in the vastness of the universe, they find nothing but “empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.” Then, from their vantage point within a “chrono-synclastic infundibulum,” a man and his dog see devastating futures for their earthly counterparts, but can’t change the course of events. Though there aren’t easy answers available, they eventually conclude that the purpose of life is “to love whoever is around to be loved.”

Important Words

  1. agency
  2. answers
  3. change
  4. characters
  5. comedy
  6. conclude
  7. counterparts
  8. death
  9. devastating
  10. dog
  11. earthly
  12. easy
  13. events
  14. eventually
  15. find
  16. futures
  17. heroics
  18. human
  19. infundibulum
  20. lack
  21. life
  22. love
  23. loved
  24. man
  25. meaning
  26. peace
  27. point
  28. pointless
  29. purpose
  30. seek
  31. sirens
  32. titan
  33. trafalmadorians
  34. universe
  35. vantage
  36. vastness