The main occurrence in the novel was the nonsensical bombing of the culturally enriched and beautiful city in Dresden, Germany. On February 13, 1945 amidst World War II this city was attack and recorded among the worst air attacks in history with a casualty of approximately 135,000(Cox). The main character in the novel, Billy Pilgrim, witnesses the bombing in Dresden and other war horrors that leaves him unable to function normally. His telling of the war and his life after creates an inconsequential plot that is hard to follow filled with time traveling sequences. Post World War II however from the gathering of events at the end of the story, Billy has a seemingly normal life with wife and children and a career in orthopedic surgery (Moss).
She believes that Willy is trying to kill himself and a further proof shows the boys a hose she found connected to a gas line in the basement that must have been put there by Willy. As the night wears on the boys hear their father having one of his imaginary conversations that grows in volume. Biff questions his mother as to why she never wrote him about his ranting and she tells him “How could I write to you? For over three months you had no address.” (1691). Later it’s revealed that Biff was serving time in jail (1731).
He says, "I thought it would be easy for me to write about the destruction of Dresden, since all I would have to do would be to report what I had seen" (Vonnegut 2). He did not count on his emotions interfering with his attempts at a factual and logical report of such atrocities. It took Vonnegut twenty years to directly face his private demon of the firebombing of Dresden in the form of this novel. He had trouble recalling any memories of substance about his time in Dresden. It could be said that he was blinded by the firebombs of Dresden.
Only to find his wife and son missing, their clothes being the only piece of evidence left. When the dramatic feeling sets in, he contacts his daughter, Chloe, and right away she makes her way home. In desperate need of answers, Chloe and Rayford search for answers about these mysterious cases of disappearance. Suddenly, Rayford remember his wife talking about what the Christians called “The Rapture”, she was always bringing up how they would vanish from the face of the earth. Rayford took her for granted and forgot about it completely.
Who killed me he would ask. And everybody knew the answer which was this Billy Pilgrim.” The next thing Billy regrets is going on an airplane that is headed to an optometry convention. He knows it is going to crash because of his ability to time travel yet, he still gets on the plane so he doesn’t make a fool out of himself. He survives the plane crash and wakes up in the hospital. “Billy pilgrim got on a chartered airplane 25 years after that.
In September 1944, while conducting a bombing attack action, his aircraft crashed, and he got caught by German troops. With strafing attacks from American troops that did not know the train was transporting Americans as well as Germans, he was sent to a German POW camp, and spent eight months there. When his family and fiancé, Dorothy, in his hometown heard that he was missing in action, they did not lose their hope. Dowling tried to send messages to Dorothy that he was alive and fine several times, and he finally came back to home. He quitted serving in the military two year later, when Dorothy was pregnant, and started a seafood trucking business.
The Three Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut did a great job in writing an irresistible reading novel in which one is not permitted to laugh, and yet still be a sad book without tears. Slaughterhouse-five was copyrighted in 1969 and is a book about the 1945 firebombing in Dresden which had killed 135,000 people. The main character is Billy Pilgrim, a very young infantry scout who is captured in the Battle of the Bulge and quartered to a slaughterhouse where he and other soldiers are held. The rest of the novel is about Billy and his encounters with the war, his wife, his life on earth, and on the planet Tralfamador. There are 3 themes in the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, that stick in the readers mind as they read through this novel.
In the novel, Gustad covers his windows with black paper and builds an air-raid shelter under his bed to keep his family safe during the war (347). After 13 days of fighting, the Indo-Pakistani war came to an end with Pakistan surrendering and the Bengalis establishing their own nation. In 1971, the ... ... middle of paper ... ... Pakistan to surrender during the Indo-Pakistani War helped the Bengalis establish a sovereign state for themselves. The distribution of the racist pamphlets against the minorities showed Shiv Sena's chauvinistic and fascist regime. Indira Gandhi's corrupt government, socialist regime and her controversial scandals such as giving her son's company government money and the 1971 Nagarwala scandal were also revealed.
Because of it's apparent safety, thousands of refugees from all over Europe converged on Dresden for protection (Klinkowitz 2-3). Dresden's neutrality was broken and the resulting attacks laid waste, what Vonnegut called, "the Florence of the Elbe." Kurt Vonnegut was a witness to this event and because of fate, had been spared. He wrote Slaughterhouse Five to answer the questi on that resounded through his head long after the bombs could no longer be heard. "Why me?
The whole notion of time, the zoo, even the looks of the creatures were all in Trout's novels. Now Billy's life has been quite stressful, losing his father at such a young age and in the middle of a war. Then after this father's death Billy actually had to go off to war. And his wife, I mean she was no Marilyn Monroe and it wasn't like he was in love with her. Billy only marri...