Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 36

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 36


  • While at Ilium, John let a poet named Sherman Krebbs stay in his apartment—for free, no less.
  • This poet was a nihilist and the National Chairman of Poets and Painters for Immediate Nuclear War.
  • In short, he's one classy fellow.
  • When John returns, his apartment is—for lack of a viler term—trashed. Poetry is written in excrement on the linoleum, and his poor cat is dead.
  • The incident helps John realize that nihilism is not for him.
  • Or, for that matter, for his cat.

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