Kurt Vonnegut's All Too Timely Novel About Accidental Nazis
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
In the third episode of Kurt Vonneguys, Alex and Michael take off their sci-fi helmets and put on their German soldier hats to dissect Vonnegut's novel, "Mother Night," the fictional memoirs of Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American spy during WWII who accidentally finds himself atop the Nazi party.
The novel tackles the ideas of identity, whether the ends justify the means and the extremely grey line between good and evil. If you're pretending to be a Nazi during the war to help the allies, are your actions excusable or are you just a Nazi?
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