When you walked the streets in America during WWII, it was easy to find multiple posters advertising the war using the body builds of big strong men. This was the type of man that the government wanted you to think was fighting the war for you. No comfort comes from thinking of a scrawny man fighting for your freedom. However, according to Vonnegut, these “scrawny” men were the ones fighting for us. Many were drafted into the military to keep up with the demand for soldiers. According to Vonnegut there were many people like Billy fighting in the war. Billy wasn’t exactly soldier material either, “Billy was Preposterous-six feet and three inches tall, with a chest and shoulders like a box of kitchen matches,”(32). Vonnegut ...
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...t shouldn’t be in a war, however the people that surrounded him always seemed to be a more mature active person. The men that Billy was constantly with or ran into seemed to be the poster soldier of the war, or at least they seemed to like to think of themselves as that. Billy seemed to be the only one with a scrawny figure in the book, or at least the only one that was a character in the book long enough to make an impact on us. All the other people seemed to have a hero mentality or was a mature older man just there because he had to be. However Vonnegut chose to portray war, he did it with an anti-war theme in mind. Over exaggerated descriptions and the many uses of young characters in the book has proven to be a compelling way to get people viewing war in a bad way. No matter what some readers think, this was written as an anti-war book and is an anti-war book.
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