Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 3

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 3


  • Bokonon doesn't exactly warn against trying to discover the work of God, but he does say these investigations will prove pointless.
  • John provides a Bokonon story too:
  • Once Bokonon was supposed to build a doghouse for an elderly woman who claimed to understand God and his ways perfectly.
  • When Bokonon tried to show her the blueprints, she said she couldn't read such things. Bokonon suggested she ask God to show her how, and she fired him.
  • The moral of the story (if you can call it that): anyone who thinks they understand God, including Bokonon, is a fool.

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