Cat’s Cradle has been compared with some of George Orwell’ s dystopian stories. There is a social satire in Cat’s Cradle just as there is one in both Animal Farm and 1984. Yet Cat’s Cradle relies more on the plot than on the development of the characters. I am not trying to imply that characters are not well developed in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, but his approach is different.
One of the most important themes of Cat's Cradle is the role that human stupidity plays in self-destruction.
Cat's Cradle was banned in 1972 by an Ohio School district board. The reason for this is not clear. The decision was later overturned in 1976.