Vonnegut’s characterization of Billy Pilgrim as extremely passive and almost helpless constructs a central theme to the novel, questioning the application of free will in the human lifestyle. While Vonnegut does not directly characterize Billy as an isolated and passive character throughout Slaughterhouse-Five, he does provide the reader with a rather distinct set of events that reveal the extent to which Billy has become disconnected from the rest of the world. Other characters throughout the novel view Billy as weak and undesirable, causing Billy to take on an attitude of detachment. Upon discovery of extraterrestrial life and the existen...
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