Bluebeard | Study Guide

Kurt Vonnegut

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Perspective and Narrator

Bluebeard is written from the perspective of its main character, Rabo Karabekian. Because it takes the form of his autobiography, the novel employs first-person narration.


Bluebeard is told in a mix of past and present tenses as its narrator, Rabo Karabekian, writes his autobiography, detailing both past and present events in his life.

About the Title

Bluebeard is a reference to a folktale about a man of the same name with a series of wives. He forbids them to look in a locked room in his large home. When each one fails to resist temptation and unlocks the room, she discovers the dead bodies of the wives before her who made the same mistake and then meets the same fate. The title of Vonnegut's work corresponds to the central mystery of the novel: what is hidden in the potato barn on the narrator's estate?


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