Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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Kurt Vonnegut is the author of Slaughterhouse Five and he was a soldier during World War II. Slaughterhouse Five is a fictional story of what a man named Billy Pilgrim went through as a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II. Vonnegut experienced the bombing of Dresden in Germany when was a prisoner of war. Vonnegut's prison in Dresden, Germany was a slaughterhouse that the Germans forced the prisoners of war to live in. He relates some of his experiences during World War II to help him create the fictional story about Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim is a fictional character that Vonnegut created in order to somehow tell his store of Dresden. Most of Billy Pilgrim's experiences are similar to what Vonnegut actually experienced as a prisoner of war during World War II. PTSD is a disorder that disrupts someone's life keeping them from having an normal life because of a traumatic event that they experienced. PTSD is very common among soldiers returning from war because they went through many traumatic events during their deployment. It is very obvious to see that Vonnegut and Billy Pilgrim are suffering from PTSD after their deployment in Germany during World War II.
Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, India and as a child he went through the Great Depression which hit Vonnegut's family very hard. Author William Rodney Allen in A Brief Biography of Kurt Vonnegut states, "When World War II broke out, Vonnegut was 16; at 20, he entered the army and was shipped off to Europe, where he almost immediately was captured by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge," which tells us that he was a prisoner of war early on in his deployment. Vonnegut is moved to Dresden and survives the bombing accidently because the pris...

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... served in World War II and became a prisoner of war after the Battle of the Bulge. Kurt Vonnegut creates a fiction character named Billy Pilgrim in his novel to tell his story of what happened to him as a prisoner of war in Germany. This novel shows us how Billy Pilgrim acts after the war and how it has affected him tremendously. For example, years after the war when his plane crashes, the Austrians who save him say something in German and Billy thinks he is back in Dresden. This is a sign that Billy is suffering from PTSD because remembering the events like it is happening in the present is one of the symptoms. Also Vonnegut is showing signs of PTSD because he had to create the fictional character of Billy Pilgrim to tell his story. This novel clearly shows that Vonnegut and Billy Pilgrim are still suffering from PTSD many years after their traumatic experiences.
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