Within the novel, there is additional evidence of the effects of trauma on the psyche, as Billy Pilgrim exhibits symptoms of PTSD himself. Vonnegut introduces the science-fiction element of the Tralfamadorians, which green, hand-shaped aliens with one eye, who abduct Billy and bring him to the planet of Tralfamadore, where they put him on display in a zoo and teach him about the nature of time in relation to the fourth-dimension and the unique human experience. Tralfamadorians exist in the past, present, and future at the same time, consequently aware of the outcome of the universe and all events in the universe’s lifetime (S...
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...e bombing. Vonnegut’s outlook on life is similar to Billy’s, as he continues to use Billy as persona for himself. These proven examples of the lasting effect of the trauma of the bombing of Dresden allow the assumption that Vonnegut uses Billy Pilgrim’s character as a way to cope with his personal trauma confirms that the line between author and character is significantly blurred throughout the novel, although sometimes deliberate, as the autobiographical elements of the novel influence and meld with the novel’s equally important fiction elements that help to create an impactful story. However, errors in statistics and factual data mixed with his own PTSD symptoms discredits some of the information Vonnegut presents throughout the novel to portray Billy’s experiences, making Vonnegut a rather unreliable narrator in terms of accuracy of the description of the bombing.
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