Cat's Cradle

How do Philip and Jillian castle embody and respond to the bokononist belief that all human efforts are ultimately fruitless?


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Philip Castle's story about fighting the bubonic plague with his father encapsulates one of the central tenets of Bokononism quite well. Julian realized at a certain point that he was fighting a losing battle, well aware of the irony of being a doctor with no cure. The fruitlessness of his efforts did not upset Julian, however, but rather lent a sort of levity to the situation. His response was to find humor in it. Phillip does not seem to troubled about it either.