Analysis

The analysis of the short story “2BR02B” by Kurt Vonnegut shows that it follows a linear, chronological plot structure. The action takes place in a single location, during one morning.

The main characters in the story are Wehling and the unnamed painter. We are told about their thoughts and possible motivations as individuals, while Dr. Hitz, Leora Duncan, and the hospital orderly function more as representatives of the impersonal system. 

The events take place in a dystopian society around the year 2200. The story takes place in a hospital waiting room in Chicago, United States of America, during a single morning. The social setting explores life in a dystopian society.

The story is told by a third-person narrator. We only get insight into the thoughts and feelings of the painter. This obviously affects the way we see the story.

The language is informal, and the tone is ironic, both in the narrative as well as in the main characters’ dialogue. The story relies heavily on dark humor.

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