All throughout the book, Billy allegedly time-travels to various points in his timeline. Though many authors have written about time-travel since H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, in Slaughterhouse Five no such time-travel truly occurs. In Billy Pilgrim’s world, Kilgore Trout has written a great deal about time-travel. In fact, Kilgore Trout was “Billy’s favorite living author and science fiction became the only sort of tales [Billy] could read” ...
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...ormer soldier with symptoms of PTSD, an explanation for why war must happen. Perhaps Vonnegut included these stories to paint a picture of how war takes the human out of humanity. Maybe the Tralfamdorians functioned to encourage people not to focus on the evil in the world. Could they have been used to show that there is nothing that actually exists to help soldiers deal with war? Maybe the only way to cope is to imagine something greater, something beyond human perception, because there is nothing intelligible to say about massacre is there? Nothing but the songs of modern dinosaurs.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance with Death. New York, NY: Dell, 1991. Print.
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