Discussion Notes: Miss Temptation
Find this week’s story here: Miss Temptation by Kurt Vonnegut.
Next week’s story: Strays by Mark Richard.
This week Maya, Gerald, Anais, and Rammy discuss a Vonnegut short story called Miss Temptation. Anais got a kick out of the story’s feminist theme and the female protagonist’s reclaiming of her reputation. However, Gerald found the feminist message to be heavy handed. This led Maya to wonder if the feminist themes from a story written in the 50s seems redundant in present day. Yet despite the fact the story is old, our hosts discuss how the same sexism in this story repeats itself today. As for Rammy, he enjoyed the larger than life characters and the supporting cast. When it came to language, Gerald and Anais loved the way Vonnegut built suspense.
How does this story compare to Vonnegut’s other work? Listen for a comparison.
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