The Phrase “so it goes” is mentioned at any point where the is death in Slaughterhouse-five this Tralfamadorian saying is used Constantly by Vonnegut to show how humans should not react to war. Billy is indifferent about the death that occurs around him, speaking of it casually and as if the there are no consequences. There are critics such as Tony Tanner that believe that the book will read exactly like that “culpable moral indifference.” This is not what Vonnegut intends, Billy is blind to the suffering and pain that the reality ...
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...e promised “there won’t be a part for Frank Sinatra or John Wayne” (15). Slaughterhouse-five also conveys the idea of free will and predestination through the Characters. Billy is used as an example of the exact opposite of Vonnegut’s personal views. Billy’s Tralfamadorian belief that everything is pre-determined from his birth and there is no point in attempting to change anything since everything is meaningless. Vonnegut uses the sad supposedly meaningless life of Billy to demonstrate the dangers of quietism. He wants to show readers that they should make an effort to change, in turn changing their world and their future. Although Vonnegut’s tone is pessimistic, he successfully illustrates a sense of optimism and the belief in people to successfully change the world in which they live and that life is not meaningless no matter what traumas a person has experienced.
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