The Downside of War in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughter House Five

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The Downside of War in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughter House Five Many people view soldiers in war to have nothing more than a duty that they must perform; so they see war as being outrageous or ridiculous. In the novel Slaughter House Five (1968),written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Billy Pilgrim, who is a soldier in World War II, is captured and becomes a prisoner of war. Billy is seen as the protagonist. He is moved to various prison camps until he finally ends up in Dresden. Dresden is bombed and leads to the freedom of Billy Pilgrim. The novel is written in the 1960's, and therefore, the story is told with flashbacks of the war. There are also other time changes in the novel when Billy is time warped to the planet Tralfamadore by the Tralfamadorians. He travels from war to Tralfamadore ba...

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