Death And Death In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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A society is a group or community of people that are associated together because of cultural, patriotic, political, scientific, and other purposes that they share. People in these societies share common beliefs such as religion, free will, death, and the concept of time and produce and write products that are associated with these subjects. There are those, however, that have the ability to step back and question their existence and absurdity. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, “Slaughterhouse Five”, is one of those works that challenges the thinking of society at large and introduces new revolutionary ideas to concepts such as time and question its definition. Through the use of death, satire, and time travel in his social commentary. Vonnegut created one of the most ground breaking novels ever that has challenged the thinking of society to cause change.
In society, the nature of death has caused humanity to always be aware of its own mortality and has for millenniums been a subject of religion and of philosophical beliefs. In the instance of death in, “Slaughterhouse Five”, Vonnegut would use the phrase "so it goes". Readers expect that the subject of death would be treated with more concern, but, the enigma Vonnegut presents with the phrase “so it goes”, is that death keeps life in motion. Fatalism serves as a source of renewal, for it enables the plot to progress despite constant deaths in the novel. Through the casual treatment of death throughout the novel, Vonnegut displays to the reader the true definition of a massacre and how casually death is treated in one. The reader is supposed to feel confused and betrayed by the moderate treatment of a sensitive subject. Vonnegut would even note the death of some of the most famous and signifi...

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... compassion when it comes to being a human being. The book examines the hypocrisies in American culture and life and the things that humans base their life on through the use of death, satire, and time travel. Vonnegut’s goal is for the readers to re-examine themselves, their morals, values, lives, and make their own decision on which option is truly the best option through a unique twist and new perspective on them.
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