Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to by Susan Farrell

By Susan Farrell

This source presents a competent, up to date, and encyclopedic resource of knowledge on Vonnegut's existence and paintings for top college and college-level scholars, lecturers, libraries, and most people.

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To avoid prison, she must prove that her behavior is the fault of her parents. Dwayne and Grace are heartbroken by the sheriff’s news, and the sheriff himself is torn up about having to bring such bad news to his friends. He stumbles out into the night, crying, and is immediately devoured by a giant lamprey eel, who had oozed out of the polluted Great Lakes. Upon hearing the sheriff’s scream, Dwayne and Grace rush outside and are instantly devoured as well. Meanwhile, the television set continues to play in the empty house, counting down toward the rocket’s liftoff.

Nevertheless, Helmholtz is undaunted. He happily takes a streetcar home, clutching the band’s first place trophy in his lap. COMMENTARY “Ambitious Sophomore” is a story about George M. Helmholtz’s love for the high school band he directs, its members, and the music they make. His generosity in buying Leroy Duggan the special uniform is motivated not only by Helmholtz’s desire to win the marching band contest, but also because he feels it is his “duty . . to bring the best music out of” each student he teaches (155).

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