In chapter 1 Vonnegut tells the reader that he has promised Mary O'Hare that he will not make war glamorous. What are some details about how he keeps his promise?
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In Vonnegut's view, war is not heroic or glamorous. It is messy, often disgusting, and it robs men of their dignity. The problem of dignity comes up again and again in the novel, as we see how easily human dignity can be denied by others. But Vonnegut also questions some conceptions of dignity; he sees that they have a place in creating conventional war narratives that make war look heroic.