In the end, the plot of this book is Kurt Vonnegut's search for a solution, a country, an identity, or even a hope of any kind.
It is in that walk, that very reflection of life itself, that this book takes its arc, and Vonnegut provides at least one more gift for his readers, as good as any before it.
While this novel is autobiographical, it is not a life story in the way that so many other autobiographies are, and therefore lacks a conventional plot line.
Each chapter in this work can stand alone as an essay, though the common themes or overriding threads that tie the chapters together are the ideas that Vonnegut is trying to put forth.
He also says that the United States' war in Iraq is nothing like World War II.
Vonnegut's experiences as a soldier gives him credibility on these matters, as he also spirals off into discussions on religion, the teachings of Jesus, the environment and horrible things that humanity does to it.Milton puts Satan’s words to the test by emphasizing the fallen angels’ torment throughout the poem.Despite their suffering, Milton shows that the fallen angels have an indomitable will, capable of transforming grave disadvantages into opportunities for progress and renewal.The plot is an evolving, overriding series of arguments.Discussions include everything from why oil is the worst addiction possible, to the need to just be kind to other people above all else.Vonnegut covers every topic, every angle, and he refuses to look at them just once.In a way, the book is like living life, and watching in your mind old memories as they come and go, even as you march forward in what is the here and the now.Satan’s speech thus introduces a major theme in Paradise Lost: the mind’s ability to find value in dramatic losses and to change setbacks into the beginnings of new and surprising adventures.When he notes the mind’s ability to “make a heaven of hell,” Satan argues that the intellect is capable of overcoming the physical and emotional problems that arise every day.On a note of optimism, he points out that his soul is the same as it was in heaven, except that now, in hell, it is free.His speech thus serves as a private pep talk, a way of reminding himself that he can use his imagination to overcome the significant spiritual and physical pain he is experiencing in hell.