Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 56

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 56

A Self-Supporting Squirrel Cage

  • Back to the history book.
  • When McCabe and Bokonon washed up on shore, they found the local islanders were even worse off than they were. They could, at the very least, read.
  • The reason for the poverty was the Castle Sugar company. Well, it was one of the reasons at least.
  • Castle Sugar attempted to set up a sugar cane operation on the island. Their method of working the islanders toggled between anarchy and feudalism.
  • And neither approach evidently involved educating their workers.