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The Destruction Of Dresden On Slaughterhouse Five

- when the reliability of its historical descriptions was brought into question. Irving wrote that the bombing killed more than 135,000 people in less than twelve hours, but later research concluded that the bombing killed roughly 25,000, though Irving refused to believe that figure (Evans 1). Further inconsistencies within the book reveal that Irving used German propaganda to estimate his figures (Evans 4). Irving also used misconstrued, unreliable pieces of evidence from a single witness, Hans Voigt, to write elements of the book, instead of gathering accurate information that could create a dependable nonfiction book (Evans 2)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Dresden]

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Dresden and the Destruction of Vonnegut's Dream

- Dresden and the Destruction of Vonnegut's Dream The little dream Vonnegut took with him to war was not founded on the rubble of insanity, absurdity, and irrationality that he experienced in WWII. His dream was founded on order, stability, and justice. It was founded on what Dresden symbolized. And when Dresden evaporated so too did Vonnegut's dream. (Klinkowitz 223) Vonnegut's views on death, war, technology and human nature were all affected by his experience in Dresden and these themes become evident in his novels....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Atrocious Bombing of Dresden, Germany

- The Atrocious Bombing of Dresden, Germany On February 13-14, 1945 the British Royal Air Force gave the final clearance to commence what would later become known as one of the greatest atrocities that has ever been commited against a civilian population. That night the RAF launched 796 bombers and 9 Mosquitoes which carried 1,478 tons of explosives in addition to 1,182 tons of incendiary bombs (Dear 311) which turned the city of Dresden, Germany into a virtual inferno. This attack included another strike by the US Air Force the following morning....   [tags: European Europe History]

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Dresden Elbe Valley Germany

- Dresden Elbe Valley, Germany In Dresden Elbe Valley, Germany there is much diversity in the wildlife and landscape. There are many factors which contribute to the variety of life forms in this area including the landscape itself. Since there are forests, mountains and water, multiple types of wildlife may have habitat here. The vast tracts of forest and mountainous terrain, with only scattered habitation, contribute to a surprising variety of wildlife. Game animals abound in most regions several varieties of deer, quail, and pheasant and, in the Alpine regions, the chamois and ibex and their numbers are protected by stringent game laws....   [tags: Geography]

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Free Slaughterhouse-Five Essays: Dresden

- Slaughterhouse-Five Dresden The focal point of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is the devastating fire-bombing of Dresden in World War II, an event which was experienced by the real-life Vonnegut as well as the fictional Billy Pilgrim. Through the novel, Vonnegut renders his account of an occurrence which is, in itself, indescribable. In order to tell this story to the world, Vonnegut uses Billy Pilgrim's Tralfamadorian experience as a window that allows the reader some relief from the horrors of war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Free Slaughterhouse-Five Essays: Dresden

- Slaughterhouse Five      Dresden "In Slaughterhouse Five, -- Or the Children's Crusade, Vonnegut  delivers a complete treatise on the World War II bombing of Dresden. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is a very young infantry scout* who is captured in the Battle of the Bulge and quartered in a Dresden slaughterhouse where he and other prisoners are employed in the production of a vitamin supplement for pregnant women. During the February 13, 1945, firebombing by Allied aircraft, the prisoners take shelter in an underground meat locker....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Sistine Madonna in the Royal Gallery at Dresden, Saxony

- The Sistine Madonna in the Royal Gallery at Dresden, Saxony The most beautiful picture in the world is the Sistine Madonna in the Royal Gallery at Dresden, Saxony. It was painted by Raphael as an altar-piece for a church in Piacenza, Italy. In a far corner of the great Palace of Art it is now placed, probably to remain until the colors shall fade. It is the only picture in the room. The figures are of life size. When that room is entered all voices are hushed, and all merriment silenced. The place is as holy as a church....   [tags: Visual Arts Paintings Art]

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Determinism in Slaughterhouse-Five by Billy Pilgrim

- ... Rather than opening his eyes to the operation of the universe, Billy seems to use time travel and the Tralfamadorians as an explanation for his inability to control the events of his own life after the devastation of the Dresden bombing. The plot follows the abrupt shifts in time according to Billy’s life in order to mirror the determinist ideals of the novel and force a certain degree of serenity towards the present moment upon the reader. The uncontrollable time manipulation used by Vonnegut in regards to Billy Pilgrim’s time travel induces the theme of determinism throughout Slaughterhouse-Five....   [tags: world war II, bombing of dresden]

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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse-five strives to remember the tragedy of the bombing of Dresden. Kurt Vonnegut constructs his novel around a main character who becomes “unstuck in time” (23). Billy Pilgrim’s life is told out of order, which gives him a different perspective than the rest of the world. Billy lives through his memories, and revisits events in his life at random times and without warning. Vonnegut introduces Billy Pilgrim to the Tralfamadorian way of thinking about memory and time so that he can cope with being unstuck in time....   [tags: remembering the bombing of Dresden, book review]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is an anti-war historical fiction novel about the bombings of Dresden, Germany in 1945 at the end of World War II. Slaughterhouse-Five succeeds as a historical fiction novel because it is fictional and imaginative but also set in the past, rooted in factual information about that time period and the events that took place in Dresden. Much of the historical information in Slaughterhouse-Five is considered eye-witness information because the novel is semi-autobiographical because Kurt Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden and he also survived the fire bombings....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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The Treaty Of Versailles Was Considered The Worst War Of All Time

- World War Two was considered the worst war of all time. The Treaty of Versailles failed to heal the distressing mess created between countries during World War One. Germany was left in a bitter position and gave them a desire for dictatorship. One of the most controversial battles was the firebombing of Dresden. On February 13-14, 1945 the British Royal Air Force gave the final authorization to commence what was known as the attack towards Germany’s “Florence of Elbe” (DW.DE). The presence of rail yards and important hubs made an ideal target for the Allies to attack the city....   [tags: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler]

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The Biblical Allusion of Lot's Wife in Slaughterhouse-Five

- Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five, uses the biblical allusion of Lot’s wife looking back on the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to parallel the story of Billy Pilgrim during the war and his experience after, when he returns to the United States. Although the reference is brief, it has profound implications to the portrayal of America during World War II, especially the bombing of Dresden. Although Lot’s wife’s action dooms her to turn into a pillar of salt, the narrator emphasizes her choice to indicate the importance of being compassionate and having hindsight....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Free Will, Warfare, Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

- Free Will and Warfare in Slaughterhouse Five Slaughterhouse Five is an oddly charming, anti-war book with a rather relevant historical background written by Kurt Vonnegut, who experienced first hand the events in Dresden during World War II. Vonnegut was a prisoner in Dresden, Germany, and at the time Dresden was a relatively defenseless and militarily bleak city. "The city was fire bombed so successfully (and senselessly) that 135,000 civilians were killed in the violent fire storm" (McKean). The suffering in Dresden was so horrible that writers, artists and historians have had a hard time conveying how horrible it actually was....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five depicted that war is not going to be ever justified because innocent lives are always compromised. The text has three themes: the destructiveness of war, the illusion of free will and inevitable death. Destructiveness of War For the setting of the story, Dresden was juxtaposed Trafalmador. The former was hell on Earth and the latter, heaven. After Dresden was bombed and the soldiers emerge out of a slaughterhouse, Dresden was devastated. According to Vonnegut, it was clear that the intention was to kill everyone in Dresden....   [tags: literary analysis, kurt vonnegut]

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War and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

- ... War World II sent home a great deal of soldiers who returned to America with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, however it was not acknowledge by the soldiers themselves. They took on their original duties, and continued living their lives as normal as possible, for “‘Society didn’t want to hear it’” (Thomas 12). World War II veterans were considered heroes, and society did not want them to look weakened by their participation in the war (Thomas 12). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was an “invisible” disease, and those effected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder had no one to turn to, until society officially accepted Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a legitimate illness....   [tags: military force, conflicts]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- Critic Roland Barthes has stated that “Literature is the question minus the answer.” In literature, the author of a story always presents a central question and several themes. The readers of a story are forced to create their own opinions and interpretations about the themes of the book in order to answer the central question. In Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the story introduces the central question: Is war a result of humanity’s fate or humanity’s free will. The author’s treatment of this question is important to the reader’s understanding of the work as a whole both literally and figuratively by allowing for the development of several important themes throughout the story....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- One of my favorite books is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and I think that it is an excellent example of finding order in disorder. Vonnegut uses the main character, Billy, and the Tralfamadorians’ sense of time, to find order in the chaos that was the bombing of Dresden. Vonnegut has given me a new outlook on my life heading into the future and has helped me to find order in the chaos that is life’s misfortunes. Vonnegut starts off the book by saying “I thought it would be easy for me to write about the destruction of Dresden.” This is important because Vonnegut is acknowledging that he can’t just write about what happened to him during Dresden because “There is nothing intelligent t...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Death]

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Futile Search for Answers in Slaughterhouse Five

- Futile Search for Answers in Slaughterhouse Five The book, Slaughter House-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut, is based on the main character named Billy Pilgrim who is a little "lost" in the head. Billy is always traveling to different parts of his life and rarely in the present state. Throughout the book Billy mainly travels back and forth to three big times in his life. In each different time period of Billy's life he is in a different place; his present state is in a town called Illium and his "travels" are to Dresden and Tralfamadore....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Slaughterhouse Five: Billy Pilgrim and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

- Within the novel Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, the character Billy Pilgrim claims to have come “unstuck” in time. Having survived through being a Prisoner of War and the destruction of Dresden during World War II, and having been a prisoner used to clear away debris of the destruction, there can be little doubt that Pilgrim’s mental state was unstable. Furthermore, it may be concluded that Pilgrim, due to the effects of having been a Prisoner of War, and having been witness to the full magnitude of destruction, suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which caused him to review the events over and over during the course of his life....   [tags: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five Are Obvious And Piercing As One

- Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse Five, illustrates the ghastly experiences within World War II and the journey through the universe and time of the main character, Billy Pilgrim. Although war is a sensitive subject in most cases, Vonnegut’s sarcastic twist mixed with his dark humor on the matter helps bring light to the fact that war is horrendous and can change people down to their core self. Slaughterhouse Five demonstrates the reality of war throughout its major themes, historical accuracy, and Kurt Vonnegut’s personal experiences within World War II that shines light on the horrendous acts of war that has plagued an abundant amount of countries for centuries....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Why Slaughterhouse-Five Is an Anti-War Novel

- Slaughterhouse-Five displays many themes. However, there is a dispute as to whether the book is an anti-war novel or not. Slaughterhouse-Five, the character Kurt Vonnegut explains to Mary O’Hare, is intended to be an anti-war novel, and he says that it shall also be called The Children’s Crusade because of the effect it had on young men who fought in the war. Slaughterhouse-Five is an anti-war novel because Vonnegut, the character, says it is in the first chapter, because it depicts the terrible long-term effects the war has on Billy, and because it exposes war's devastating practices....   [tags: slaughterhouse five, anti war, kurt vunnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- Slaughterhousefive Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., was written as a general statement against all wars. Vonnegut focuses on the shock and outrage over the havoc and destruction man is capable of wreaking in the name of what he labels a worthy cause, while learning to understand and accept these horrors and one's feelings about them. Through his character, Billy Pilgrim, he conveys not only these feelings and emotions, but also the message that we must exercise our free will to alter the unfortunate happenings that might occur in our lives....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Execution of Private Slovik

- In the narrator’s quest for information about the bombing of Dresden, he wrote to the Air Force, hoping to gain more knowledge about what went into the decision. His only official response at the time was “that the information was top secret still” (11). How bombing of Dresden could ever be considered classified when it had such a devastating effect on so many people is just one of the many absurdities pointed out by the narrator in his quest to provide a balanced view of the war. One novel, The Execution of Private Slovik by William Bradford Huie, details the only execution of an American soldier for desertion during World War II....   [tags: Literary Analysis, William Bradford Huie]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut, is an anti-war book about the firebombing of Dresden, which the author witnessed in World War II. In the book, the reader is introduced with the main character Billy Pilgrim, who seems to have come "unstuck in time," rendering him the ability to travel or relive the past, present, and future (Vonnegut). Billy learns later on, from an alien race named the Tralfamadorians, that all time exists simultaneously. Vonnegut begins the book, however, with anecdotes from when he was just starting to write the book and how writing it led him to develop new ideas on war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Comic and Tragic Elements in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

- Comic and Tragic Elements in Slaughterhouse Five   Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is the tale of a World War II soldier, Billy Pilgrim. His wartime experiences and their effects lead him to the ultimate conclusion that war is unexplainable. To portray this effectively, Vonnegut presents the story in two dimensions: historical and science-fiction. The irrationality of war is emphasized in each dimension by contrasts in its comic and tragic elements. The historical seriousness of the Battle of the Bulge and the bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humor; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Billy Pilgrim's Struggle with PTSD in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

- In order to illustrate the devastating affects of war, Kurt Vonnegut afflicted Billy Pilgrim with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which caused him to become “unstuck in time” in the novel. Billy Pilgrim illustrates many symptoms of PTSD throughout the story. Vonnegut uses these Slaughterhouse Five negative examples to illustrate the horrible and devastating examples of war. The examples from the book are parallel to real life experiences of war veterans, including Vonnegut’s, and culminate in a very effective anti-war novel....   [tags: Slaughterhouse Five]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five And Cat 's Cradle

- The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron and his novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle were all works that were inspired and reflected off events in his life....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, World War II]

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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

- A man begins to cry. Not because of sorrow or joy, but because he’s terrified. The man who once enjoyed viewing the firework show that symbolized the freedom of his nation now cowers, because of the hardships he endured to maintain the freedom of his nation. Like many war veterans, the man suffers from PTSD. Billy Pilgrim, a WWII veteran, also suffers from PTSD. While Kurt Vonnegut wrote his novel Slaughterhouse-five before PTSD became an official diagnosis, the protagonist of his story, Billy Pilgrim, displays the disease’s symptoms....   [tags: post war hysteria, billy pilgrim, ptsd ]

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Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five Antiwar Sentiments

- Kurt Vonnegut, the author of Slaughterhouse-Five, provided a powerful first-hand account describing the horrific events of WWII. Vonnegut recounted the events and wrote about himself through the novels protagonists, Billy Pilgrim. He was pessimistic regarding the novel because he wrote, “It is so short and jumbled and jangled, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre” (Vonnegut 22). However, on the other spectrum critics considered it to be “one of the worlds greatest antiwar books”(Vonnegut Back cover)....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut novel]

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Forgotten War Crimes

- Forgotten War Crimes "The holocaust was such an unthinkable horror, the Nazi dictatorship so uniquely evil, that the calculated firebombing of more than half a Milan defenseless civilians in the dying days of the war had just fallen by the wayside."1 History is defined as all recorded events of the past, but with textbooks, historical journals, and other respected documentaries all denying, or refusing to acknowledge and give responsibility, the ruthless and criminal bombing of Dresden does not change the fact that it occurred....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Life of Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

- The Life of Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade         Marked by two world wars and the anxiety that accompanies humanity's knowledge of the ability to destroy itself, the Twentieth Century has produced literature that attempts to depict the plight of the modern man living in a modern waste land. If this sounds dismal and bleak, it is. And that is precisely why the dark humor of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. shines through our post-modern age. The devastating bombing of Dresden, Germany at the close of World War II is the subject of Vonnegut's most highly acclaimed work, Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut

- The Mind of Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is one of the preeminent writers of the later half of the twentieth century. His works are all windows into his mind, a literary psychoanalysis. He examines himself as a cog in the corporate machine in "Deer in the Works"; as a writer through the eyes of Kilgore Trout in several works; and most importantly, as a prisoner of war in Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut created short stories and novels that dealt with events in his life. One of the most obvious self examinations is in "Deer in the Works"....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

- Weird. If the relationship between the characters of Grandpa and Grandma could be described in one word, it would be weird. Then again, Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a shining example of everything unconventional, exploring the nuances of grief through multiple and varying perspectives, each with a unique approach that attempts to achieve recovery and solace. The relationship of Grandpa and Grandma is an example of one such attempt at recovery, one that tries desperately to reconcile past traumas, yet ultimately acts as a futile effort that harbors more grief and denial....   [tags: Grandpa/Grandma Relationship]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse- Five

- In Slaughterhouse- five, Kurt Vonnegut successfully combines historical and biographical pieces to create the novel. But did he take his content too far. Vonnegut purposely gives accurate accounts of his lifetime to make his novel realistic. The realism depicted in the story includes real life descriptions of sex and gore filled images. Vonnegut also makes a habit of having dialogue with profanity. Many schools have tried to ban Slaughterhouse- Five because of the absurd amount of profanity, sexual scenes, and unpatriotic theme....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim]

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Slaughterhouse Five Is Different From Most

- ​The novel Slaughterhouse-Five is different from most, due to the lack of chronological order in the narration. The narrator kicks off the book by discussing his timely desire to write about his experience in Dresden back in World War Two. However he has already spent countless hours writing thousands of pages on this puzzling topic, which have all been discarded. In order to fulfill his wish of completing such novel, he then calls his old war buddy, Bernard V. O’Hare. After agreeing to get together with the intentions of remembering their days in Dresden, the story begins....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, World War II]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- “How nice – to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive” (Vonnegut 50). In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut introduces the genuine danger war implements on the innocent minds of soldiers by introducing Billy Pilgrim as a prisoner and Dresden bombing survivor. Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel appropriates around a science fiction theme where Billy Pilgrim becomes “unstuck” in time. This allows Billy to experience his life disorderly. "Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren 't necessarily fun....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Billy And The Pow Camp

- 6. Billy wakes up after his night of morphine induced haze in the POW camp and finds himself irresistibly drawn to two objects hidden in the lining of his coat. He goes back to sleep and wakes up to the sounds of the British building a new latrine. We go into Lazarro’s dark past and violent past and exclaims that he will have all of his enemies killed after the war, including Billy. Billy knows that this is true as he will be shot in 1976. At that time, the United States has split into twenty small nations and Billy will be lecturing in Chicago on the Tralfamadorian’s....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- War in itself can affect many people in many different ways, wives take on twice the responsibility, and mothers mourn the loss of their child’s innocence. At the time of this novel there had been no research on what happens when you return from war. Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five touches on how it is to deal with this mental illness before it was diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. The author uses science fiction’s raw intensity to alter Billy Pilgrim’s imagination after he returns from the war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The Catastrophe of War in Slaughterhouse Five

- The Catastrophe of War in Slaughterhouse-Five      Russian Prime Minister Joseph Stalin once said, “A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” The impersonalization of war and death that he shares is an realistic characterization of war; originally intending to improve the lives of people, yet inevitably leading to the destruction of human life. Author Kurt Vonnegut endorses this view in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five; he shows that war can never be justified as long as innocent life is lost....   [tags: War Slaughterhouse Essays Papers]

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Analysis of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- Analysis of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Section One- Introduction Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut Junior, was published in 1968 after twenty-three years of internal anguish. The novel was a "progressive work" after Vonnegut returned from World War II. Why did it take twenty-three years for Kurt Vonnegut to write this novel. The answer lies within the book and within the man himself. Kurt Vonnegut served in the Armed Forces during World War II and was captured during The Battle of the Bulge....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Madness of War

- War is the epitome of cruelty and violence, an experience that can prove maddening and strip away some of the most intrinsic characteristics of humanity. Kurt Vonnegut’s experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II inspired his critically hailed novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), in which characters continually search for meaning in the aftermath of mankind’s irrational cruelty ("Kurt Vonnegut: 1922-2007" 287). Both the main character, Billy Pilgrim, and Vonnegut have been in Dresden for the firebombing, and that is what motivates their narrative (Klinkowitz 335)....   [tags: Cruelty, War, Characteristics of Humanity]

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Fate in Kurt Vonnegut’s Novel, Slaughterhouse-Five

- “Fate is a misconception, it's only a cover-up for the fact you don't have control over your own life.” –Anonymous. In Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-five, an optometrist named Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time uncontrollably and constantly travels between his past, present, and future. Since Pilgrim is unable to control his time warps, he is forced to re-live agonizing moments such as watching his wartime friend Edgar Derby executed for stealing or going through the Dresden bombing repeatedly....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Opposing Viewpoints in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- Opposing Viewpoints in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five The Allied firebombing of Dresden has been called the worst and most unnecessary air raid in military history. The German city was home to no military bases or stations, but on February 13, 1945, death rained down from the air on nearly 135,000 people, most of them civilians, compared to the 74,000 deaths caused by the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Novels 270). Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a Allied prisoner of war during this raid, hidden underground in an abandoned slaughterhouse....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Influence of Early Lifa and War on Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to Encourage a Generation Against War

- Influence of Early Life and War on Kurt Vonnegut Jr. to Encourage a Generation Against War Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is one of the most well known World War II authors. His humble beginnings and early life misfortunes shaped not only his writings, but also his view of the world. His imprisonment in Dresden in World War II, however, formed his opinions about war at an early age and later inspired many of his works and style of writing. After the returning from World War II, Vonnegut voiced his sentiments through his writing that war was wasteful and uncivilized....   [tags: influential American authors]

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Slaughterhouse Five, We Learn An Awful Lot About Billy Pilgrim

- Throughout, SlaughterHouse-Five, Billy, is randomly time traveling. Whenever, Billy want to not deal with reality, he has an out-of-body experience. In his time-traveling, Billy knows the outcome of many events. He can change the outcome, yet he chooses not to. In Chapter 2 of Slaughterhouse Five, we learn an awful lot about Billy Pilgrim. We learn that he was born an only child, drafted for military service, taken prisoner by the Germans, returned home a successful optometrist and had a nervous breakdown....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Time]

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five -- A Great American Novel

- For a novel to be considered a Great American Novel, it must contain a theme that is uniquely American, a hero that is the essence of a great American, or relevance to the American people. Others argue, however, that the Great American Novel may never exist. They say that America and her image are constantly changing and therefore, there will never be a novel that can represent the country in its entirety. In his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut writes about war and its destructiveness....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay]

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An Analysis Of Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- An Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Karol T. Bista ENH 110 Mr. M. W. Hickman October 12, 2015 An Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five features numerous characters, some of which are major, and others minor. Primarily, the major characters, in no particular order, starts off with Billy Pilgrim, arguably the main character and hero of the book itself. Billy Pilgrim is almost like a funny looking, ragdoll or tool-like character during the course of the book....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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War is Inevitable and Death is Too

- Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is a satire on the behaviors of man. Often characterized as an anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five tries to show that war and destruction are a part of the human life cycle. Humanity is highly conflict prone; conflict resolution often manifests itself in the terms of war. Vonnegut attempts to show that war results in widespread death and destruction; therefore, war and death are inevitable. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut explores the inevitability of war, shown through the examination of color usage - such as blue and ivory - in order to symbolize the interminable presence of war....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five]

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`` No Room Yields No Voice ``

- daunting mass, lies on the page something so obscured that it can only communicate Grandfather’s amplified silence (Foer, #). As Atchison notes on this occasion, “no room yields no voice” (Atchison, 365). In this instance, Grandfather’s representation of language serves as a symbolic release as he struggles to express the disorder that resulted from his personal trauma. The chaos of Grandfather’s communication, therefore, serves not only to emphasize the survivor’s linguistic processing of his psychological aftermath, but also the effect that takes place on the audience as they attempt to make sense of his coping method....   [tags: Psychological trauma, Family, Grandparent]

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The World War II: Air War

- World War II was one of the deadliest military conflicts in history. There were many different battles that took place within this war; some more important than others. World War II began once Germany’s new dictator, Adolf Hitler, decided that he wanted to gain power for Germany and for himself. One of Hitler’s first moves in power was invading Poland on September 1, 1939. Many other countries became involved in this war because of the alliance system. The two sides during this war were the Allies and Axis powers....   [tags: hitler, german, airplanes]

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Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five"

- I. Author- Kurt Vonnegut’s background had an endless influence upon his writing. In his early years, Vonnegut was a private in the 106th infantry division in World War II. He and five scouts were caught behind enemy lines, and then captured. They were held POWs and were beaten on various occasions. In 1945, they witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany. Kept during this time in a slaughterhouse, this is part of the inspiration for Slaughterhouse-five. After being released from the Slaughterhouse, Vonnegut called Dresden “utter destruction” and “carnage unfathomable”....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Johanne Adolphe Hasse

- In his day, Johann Adolph Hasse was at the forefront of Italian opera. Although he composed a fair amount of sacred works, he is best known for his operatic output. He was widely popular throughout Italy and Germany, and was commissioned by courts and opera houses throughout Europe. His performances were attended by cultural figures at the time, as well as some of the biggest names in common-era music today. In his later life, styles changed and so Hasse’s acclaim diminished after his death. But generations later, he was re-established as a figurehead and icon of classic ancient Italian opera, a designation he possesses even today....   [tags: Italian Opera, Operatic Output, Biography]

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Bombers of World War II

- It all started on December 7th, 1941. America had entered their Second World War following the Pearl Harbor attacks. America started its Pacific Campaign against the Imperial Japanese Army. After three years, America joined with fellow allied nations and invaded Nazi- Occupied France codename Operation Overlord. This was the biggest amphibious invasion ever recorded. From Pearl Harbor to the fall of Berlin in the spring of 1945, the American bomber plane helped defeat the Nazi regime, end the war in the Pacific, and revolutionize modern warfare....   [tags: Aircraft]

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Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vennegut

- – The devastation caused by war in Slaughterhouse five Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007), one of the most inspirational twentieth century American writers. This book is unique in the fact that it can be classified as historical fiction, science fiction and an autobiography (certain parts of the protagonist’s life are similar to Vonnegut’s life) at the same time. Slaughterhouse Five follows the life and journeys of Billy Pilgrim, the main character in this non-linear novel....   [tags: Anti-War Novel, Analysis]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut tries to make sense of a seemingly meaningless world by creating a novel whose narrative is more a conjunction of events instead of a linear story. Vonnegut beings his novel with a confession about why he wrote this book, he starts, “all this happened more or less” (Vonnegut 1). As a reader it is alarms are signaled when the author themselves makes an omission about the reality of the tale about to be told. He spends the first chapter giving an autobiographical view into what shaped his life and how this book needed to be written....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut has built a universe for Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five where Billy’s cruel, unforgiving reality is contrasted by a philosophical utopia where he has learned to operate without the pains of being human. Within this self-described ‘telegraphic’ and ‘schizophrenic’ novel, Vonnegut manages to swing the reader halfway across the galaxy to a planet inhabited by a plunger-like race called the Tralfamadorians, take them into the harrowing depths of a POW camp, and show you a man who is increasingly coming undone at the seams after having lived with the psychological terrors of the Dresden bombing....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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The Purpose of Mother Night

- The  Purpose of  Mother Night       Over  the years,  such world-renowned  authors as  Mark Twain and  J. D. Salinger have  shown readers how literature reflects the era in which  it is written. Another author who has   also  made   significant  contributions   to  American literature  is  Kurt  Vonnegut,  author  of  such well-known novels as Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle.        Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana  ("Kurt Vonnegut,  Jr."). Vonnegut  attended Cornell University in 1940 where he  wrote for the Cornell Daily Sun ("Chronology")....   [tags: Mother Night Essays]

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Wagner: The Artist and Reformer

- Wagner: The Artist and Reformer Born in 1813 in Leipzig, Germany, Richard (Wilhelm) Wagner was destine to work in the arts. His father died while Wagner was still an infant and his mother, an actress, remarried Ludwig Geyer, an actor, singer, author, portrait painter, and an old friend of her late husband (Henderson, 1923, 3). Wagner would go on to become one of the key figures in the development of the opera. Through his reform, Wagner was largely responsible for altering the course of the opera in the Nineteenth Century....   [tags: European History]

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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war science fiction novel entitled, Slaughter House Five otherwise known as “The Children’s Crusade” or “A Duty Dance with Death,” is a classic example of Vonnegut’s eccentric and moving writing capabilities.Originally published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five pays tribute to Vonnegut’s experiences in World War Two, as an advanced scout in the 106th infantry division, a prisoner of war and witness to the firebombing of Dresden on February 13th, 1945 in which 135,000 people were killed, making it the greatest man-caused massacre of all times.This novel illustrates the cruelties and violence of war along with the potential for compassion in human nature and all that it encomp...   [tags: Classic Literature]

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

- Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five Great artists have the ability to step back from society and see the absurd circus that their world has become. Such satirists use their creative work to reveal the comic elements of an absurd world and incite a change in society; examples include Stanley Kubrick’s film, Dr. Strangelove, and Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch-22. Both works rose above their more serious counterparts to capture the critical voice of a generation dissatisfied with a nation of warmongers....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five Essays]

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World Ward II

- Americans often refer to World War II as being “the Good War”. Americans call World War II “the Good War” because Americans believe the United States entered the war for the noble purposes of defending its self and freedom. Americans also refer to World War II as “the Good War” because it was a war that required Americans to work together so the country could defeat the Axis powers. Because the United States entered the war for noble purposes, and because Americans everywhere helped the country win the war, “the Good War” is an appropriate appellation to describe World War II....   [tags: History, The Good War]

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Religion and War

- Soldiers come home feeling displaced in the world and sometimes see their life not worth living. In World War II , lifestyles and ideas changed; it tested multiple theories of what was true or not.Some encounter PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder dealing with the pain of knowing what they have seen or experienced during their time away. Life is never the same for these soldiers. There is also the thought of not being able to control what happens in time. Whether it is wanting to change the past, present, or future, some people feel helpless....   [tags: free will, Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-five]

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Coping with War: A Comparison Between Slaughterhouse Five and A Farewell to Arms

- Earnest Hemmingway once said "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." (Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference) War is a gruesome and tragic thing and affects people differently. Both Vonnegut and Hemmingway discus this idea in their novels A Farewell to Arms and Slaughterhouse Five. Both of the novels deal not only with war stories but other genres, be it a science fiction story in Vonnegut’s case or a love story in Hemingway’s. Despite all the similarities there are also very big differences in the depiction of war and the way the two characters cope with their shocking and different experiences....   [tags: Slaughterhouse Five, Literary Analysis]

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The Negative Effect of UNESCO World Heritage on Mount Fuji

- I passed by the beach At Tago and saw The snow falling, pure white, High on the peak of Fuji. -Akahito Yamabeno (Rexroth 61) This poetry describing Mount Fuji is written in the 8 century in Japan. Needless to say, Mount Fuji is the biggest and most famous mountain in Japan. In June 2013, Mount Fuji was granted World Heritage status because of the cultural influence for arts and religions (“Fujisan”). Japanese people have admired Mount Fuji and described it in literatures or pictures because of the grand figure of Mount Fuji....   [tags: japan, world heritage]

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Analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five, a Novel Written by Kurt Vonnegut

- ... He soon married and had three children, and worked at General Electric and wrote and published short stories to support his family. In 1952, his very first novel, “Player Piano” was published. Over the next 17 years, Vonnegut published 5 more novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five in 1969. This was the book that launched his fame, and a film adaptation of the book soon followed in 1969, which was successful and only increased his popularity further. He went on to write 9 more novels before his death in 2007....   [tags: Germany, Bombing, World War II]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Cat 's Cradle And Slaughterhouse Five

- The meaning of religion can be different for everyone; some use it to justify events happening, while others use it to turn people against each other. As Kurt Vonnegut describes tragic events during World War II, unrealistic adventures in space and destructive scientific advances, he shares his unique perspective on life and religion. Although many of his works were set during 20th century, Vonnegut satirically addresses issues that are present in today’s society. Despite efforts to prevent wars, people have not found a solution to do it....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cold War]

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A Book Report on Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

- 1. Major Characters of the Novel a. Billy Pilgrim is the person that the book is written around. We follow him, perhaps not in a straight order, from his youth joining the military to his abduction on the alien planet of Tralmalfadore, to his older age at his 1960s home in Illum. It is his experiences and journeys that we follow, and his actions we read about. However, Billy had a specific lack of character for a main one. He is not heroic, he has very little personality traits, let alone an immersive and complex character....   [tags: characters, conflict, theme]

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Major Themes of Slaughter House by Kurt Vonnegut

- ... And this explained why most soldiers were teenagers at the end of the war, like what a British officer said in the novel: “We had forgotten that wars were fought by babies” (50). In the novel, there were several characters that showed the darkness of humanity. Perhaps, Paul Lazzaro was the most obvious one. In the novel, he used an extremely inhumane way to torture and killed a dog that tried to bite him because he thought that revenge was “the sweetest thing in life” (65). And unfortunately, Billy was one of his “victims” too, he died from the murder of this person in 1976....   [tags: war, attitude, philosophy]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Slaughterhouse Five '

- Slaughterhouse-Five is a novel which has been challenged for its graphic descriptions of events which occurred during the later years of World War 2. There are many other reasons which prompted communities to ban the book such as its anti-religious thoughts and sexual content. Although this book is highly graphic and can be offensive toward some religions, it should not be banned because it shows you the inside of a person who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and it also encourages readers to think differently of how life works and gives historical information about a firsthand experience of being a prisoner of war and a survivor of the bombing of Dresden....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, World War II]

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Coping Mechanisms in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

- People react differently to tragedies: some mourn, some speak up, and some avoid the sorrow. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut suggests the danger and inhumanity of turning away from the discomfort by introducing Billy Pilgrim as someone who is badly affected by the aftermath of the Dresden bombing, and the Tralfamadorians as the aliens who provide an easy solution to Billy. It is simpler to avoid something as tragic as death, but Vonnegut stresses the importance of confronting it. Vonnegut, like many artists, expresses his ideas through his creations....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five Probes

- Time travel has been one of most thrilling topics in the science fiction novels. Some characters possess the ability to travel through time without any limitations. They can change the course of history. While their time travel ability fascinates their readers, time travels further provoke readers’ deliberate thinking about their own lives without the precious ability of time travel. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five probes into precisely these questions about time travel. In his immensely popular book, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is a World War II veteran who “has come unstuck in time” (Vonnegut 29)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Comparing Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- Science, Technology and Human Values in Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Every day I use technology and science, from the allergy pill I take to my cell phone and my Apple watch, technology is a vital part of my day. Are the human values of integrity, honesty and kindness a part of my everyday life, though. Everyone wants to believe they are a good person, but there are so many things in life that aren't good or positive at all, it is apparent that people-who want to think they are good-do mean things....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Tralfamadore: An Escape To Sanity

- Kurt Vonnegut is considered by many to be the greatest American author of the twentieth century. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922 to Kurt Vonnegut, Sr. and Edith Vonnegut. His father was a prominent architect in Indianapolis, and provided well for his three children until the Great Depression hit in 1929. The Depression put Kurt, Sr. out of work, and harmed his spirits in such a way that he essentially gave up on life. His wife, Edith, ultimately resorted to alcoholism and prescription drug abuse as an escape from the troubling times the Depression brought upon the Vonnegut household....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Literary Analysis]

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Life of Wilhem Richard Wagner

- Wilhem Richard Wagner, known by Richard, was born in Leipzig, Germany on May 22, 1813. Richard Wagner led a contentious life and is known as one of the world’s most influential composers. He is also famous for his operas such as the four-part, 18-hour Ring Cycle and Tristan Isolde. Wagner led an influential life never losing confidence in himself from financial debt due to his operas not meeting success to being too sick to even compose his music. Richard Wagner is the perfect to example as to why a person should never give up....   [tags: composer, opera]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, he talks about World War II and the bombing of Dresden. He writes about this historical event through the character Billy Pilgrim, Billy is drafted into the army at age twenty-one during World War II. He is captured and sent to Luxembourg and then later Dresden as a prisoner. Throughout the novel Vonnegut constantly ridiculous Billy. He describes Billy as a character that has no individualism and no choice in anything that happens in his life. Billy is used to show that everything happens because of fate....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Billy Pilgrim

- Slaughterhouse-Five is a story of Billy Pilgrim 's capture by the Nazi Germans during the last years of World War II. Throughout the narrative, excerpts of Billy’s life are portrayed from his pre-war self to his post-war insanity. Billy is able to move both forward and backwards through his life in a random cycle of events. Living the dull life of a 1950s optometrist in Ilium, New York, he is the lover of a provocative woman on the planet Tralfamadore, and simultaneously an American prisoner of war in Nazi Germany....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- What would happen if one possessed the ability to travel through time without any limitations. What kind of person this person would become. Time travel has been one of most thrilling topics in the science fiction novels. Questions about time travel always provoke readers’ deliberate thinking about their own lives. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five has been always a popular book that probes into these questions about time travel. In the book, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is a World War II veteran who “has come unstuck in time”....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Craycraft 1 Miller Craycraft Teacher Name English I Honors Summer Assignment July 20, 2015 Slaughterhouse Five Slaughterhouse Five, a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, is a story of Billy Pilgrim. This antiwar, science fiction novel takes place approximately between 1945-1968 in the United States. The novel primarily follows Billy Pilgrim on a journey of sometimes real life and other times post traumatic war memories of being in a meat locker in Dresden, where he narrowly escapes death....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse-Five “So it Goes”: Someone breaks something. So it goes. Somebody dies. So it goes. Throughout Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughterhouse-five”, “so it goes” was stated 106 times expressing the general sense of acquiescence to the way things are. The author made that the catchphrase to show that bad things that occur should be accepted, because there is nothing that can be done to change it, bringing in the idea of fate. Vonnegut made very big examples of using “so it goes” with people that went through these types of events, the Tralfamadorians that the main character Billy Pilgrim encountered, and the story from the Gideon bible that was alluded to in the novel....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- In Slaughterhouse Five written by Kurt Vonnegut, the plot focuses on a man who tends to regress back to his childhood, and earlier life using three important themes. These important themes are the destructiveness of war, the illusion of free will, and the importance of sight. In this novel, Kurt Vonnegut reflects on his experiences in the war in 1945 as a prisoner of war. This man is named Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim is a former prisoner of war who tends to be stuck in the same mindset as before....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout, Kurt Vonnegut]

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