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Analysis Of The Book ' Slaughterhouse Five '

- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is quoted saying, “The trouble with me is that I’m an outsider. And that’s a very hard thing to be…” At one point or another everyone has felt like an outsider in his or her life. In the novel Slaughterhouse Five Billy Pilgrim suffers from feeling like an outsider a great deal as he struggles with his PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). From a Marxist Critic’s standpoint a lot of his struggles may also be due to his social and economic class. From being treated like an animal while he was a prisoner of war to coming home and practically being handed more money than he knew what to do with, Billy didn’t know how to cope....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Many war veterans come back to their country and cannot talk about their experiences in the war or feel they do not want to relive the experience, and so choose not to talk about them. The same can be said for Billy and Vonnegut, where they come back from the war and choose not to talk about their experiences; for example, on Billy 's honeymoon, his wife asks him to talk about his past and mentions that she feels he has deeper secrets that he does not share with her. Vonnegut himself has trouble speaking about the bombing of Dresden as well, in fact, "In the opening chapter Vonnegut, as narrator, directly addresses the reader on the difficulty of writing about the Dresden firebombing" (E...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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The Destruction Of Dresden On Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Tralfamadorians exist in the past, present, and future at the same time, consequently aware of the outcome of the universe and all events in the universe’s lifetime (Slaughterhouse Five 26). In this way, the distraction of the Tralfamadorians in the story is a way for Billy to ignore and suppress the distress he feels when thinking about the Dresden bombing, using his new knowledge of time’s hard, unchanging character to comfort himself from the deep disturbance he feels inside. On another level, Billy’s newfound ability to be “unstuck in time”, or experience time the way the Tralfamadorians do, is a metaphor for him re-experiencing the upsetting events he endured in the bombing of Dresd...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Dresden]

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Slaughterhouse Five Are Obvious And Piercing As One

- ... PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by one experiencing or witnessing a horrible event - which explains how one could experience this after being in war. ("Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)."). PTSD is not only a theme within Slaughterhouse Five, but also within many people 's lives who have been a part of war. This shows how PTSD is an international issue as it affects many different people and is a symptom of the disease of war. Vonnegut demonstrates how deep the effects of PTSD can set in within soldiers by showing how the main character within Slaughterhouse Five reacts to PTSD....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... This is important because it is a coping method, by declaring that there is no free will, Vonnegut is able to look upon the bombing of Dresden as if it were a predetermined event that could not be changed no matter what. That the innocent lives that died, had to die because there is no way to change time. This made me realize that there is no reason to be mad or upset when bad things happen to me. Everything happens for a reason “When...somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say…So it goes.” This is Billy referring to the Tralfamadorians’ view that a “dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that same person is just fine in plenty of other moments.” This is important...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Death]

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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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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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The Things They Carried And Slaughterhouse Five

- ... A soldier, Norman Bowker, carries internal baggage that follows him his entire life. The narrator describes, “Turning on his headlights, driving slowly, Norman Bowker remembered how he had taken hold of Kiowa’s boot and pulled hard, but how the smell was simply too much, and how he’d backed off and in that way had lost the Silver Star” (147). Bowker is plagued by this memory that he continues to cling to and must face the uncertainty of returning to people he once knew with shame. As he analyzes the effects of his letting go of the boot, he is driven towards insanity, continuing to circle around the lake and around his failure to save a comrade, eventually killing himself....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Vonnegut approaches the need to testify to these events in Slaughterhouse-Five by using a fictional narrative that seeks to both understand and evade the past. Vonnegut presents the reader with Billy Pilgrim, a man who was subject to all of war’s physical destruction and mental disturbance. When Billy Pilgrim was a prisoner of war in Dresden at the time of the bombings, he eavesdropped on the guards and he said, “There was a fire-storm out there. Dresden was one big flame. The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn” (Vonnegut, 178)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... This movement took place after he had completed two years of study at Cornell University because he had enlisted in the army near the end of those two years. Having been in the military for only a year, Vonnegut was deployed as one of the soldiers to fight in the Battle of Bulge. During this, he was taken captive. Despite the odds, he survived being a prisoner of war as well as the Dresden Firebombing in 1945 which killed more people than Hiroshima. After the bombing, he was ordered to dig bodies from the rubble and destroy them in huge bonfires....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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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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Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Derby however is a high school teacher and some of his older students most likely enlisted for World War II, “right at the end of childhood” (Vonnegut 14). The young men who enlisted were not old enough to understand the consequences of war and too scared to fight effectively. As Mary O’Hare, who influences the narrator to name his book The Children’s Crusade, say early in the book, “you were just babies then” (Vonnegut 14). Vonnegut believes children cannot be expected to fight, they don’t know the consequences of war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Although, Billy Pilgrim is a fictional character – it is also believed that he serves as a disguise to mask the hidden trauma the author himself has felt. Vonnegut creates this imaginary character to develop a message for us; thus, implicating that we must understand the uncertainties of life and inevitability of death being something we cannot fear. Vonnegut unintentionally illustrates this as a realization he has come to in his own life, most likely after his own war experience in Dresden, (He expresses his struggles through the P.O.V of Billy Pilgrim.) “Vonnegut’s writing of Slaughterhouse five can be seen as a therapeutic process that allows him to uncover and deal with his trauma”...   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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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 Kurt Vonnegut

- Kurt Vonnegut Junior is a praised author as well as a veteran of World War II, his well-known novel, Slaughterhouse Five, allowing him to put his experiences of the war into writing, though it’s much more fictionalized than one would think. Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war novel that comments on various topics of war; how war desensitized soldiers to death (both during the war and post-war), the gruesome daily life the prisoners of wars carried, and indirect advocation against the Vietnam War....   [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

- ... The prayer represents Billy’s everyday life, which reminds him of his fantasy perceived world of the Tralfamadorians. The importance of sight is a very important theme in this novel. The importance of sight is a difficult concept to comprehend, but yet very true. Billy was a former optometrist. In Billy’s profession, he interacted with many lenses in which were in the eye of the world’s view to be corrected. Billy’s interpretation of the world comes from the aliens at Tralfamadore. The Tralfamadorians are against change....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kilgore Trout, Kurt Vonnegut]

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`` Slaughterhouse 5 `` : Religion And Its Practises

- ... This sets the approach towards religion throughout most of the play. It is not questioned, but taken and accepted, whilst the ones fighting for religion are just waiting to be ‘washed clean of sin’. Although religion becomes the motivation of the war, it is not the true origin of its cause; Mother Courage finds no difficultly in switching sides during the war by claiming she is of a different religion, as ‘Protestant pants cover your ass same as any other’ . Similarly, the Chaplain himself finds no difficulty in pretending to be on the other side of the war – when Mother Courage changes the religious flag on the wagon, the Chaplain comments ‘Good Catholics now, root and branches’, accept...   [tags: Religion, God, Christianity, Slaughterhouse-Five]

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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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Billy Pilgrim's Coping Mechanism for PTSD in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

- In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim becomes “unstuck” in time. The question here is, why. The fact of the matter is that he does not actually begin to time-travel. Billy “becomes unstuck” as a coping mechanism to deal with his traumatic experiences during the war. Billy attempts to reorganize his life’s events and cope with a disorder known as post traumatic stress (PTSD). “Post traumatic stress disorder is a debilitating condition that follows a terrifying event” (Marilyn 8). It occurs when one has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, such as war, child abuse, or other types of violence....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five]

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The Falsity of Tralfamadore in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five

- War: armed, hostile conflict between different groups with conflicting viewpoints. Though this simple definition may be acceptable to Merriam-Webster, war is a very controversial and complicated subject. Limiting war to the framework of a single definition would diminish the severity and complexity of the issue. Men and women who have engaged in combat often come home carrying a burden of grief and angst. Gruesome images of death or torture can be imprinted in these soldiers’ minds alongside a guilty conscience that may have accompanied their actions during the war....   [tags: Slaughterhouse Five Essays]

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An Analysis Of Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Bernard has aged a lot, and doesn’t drink or act as he used to. Paul Lazzaro, another major character, was a soldier who was kept as a prisoner alongside Billy. He had a body conditioned even worse than that of Billy, he was weak, had rotting teeth and bones, and boil-scarred skin. He is very hateful and violent, and vows vengeance for Roland Weary by having Billy shot. Valencia Merble is Billy’s wife, and the daughter of the owner of the optometry school, which Billy attends. She’s overweight due to uncontrollable eating, loves Billy very much; thinking no one would marry her, and dies of carbon monoxide poisoning on her way to visit Billy at the hospital after his plane crash....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout]

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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

- 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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Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Billy’s time travels can be viewed as the delusions of an unstable person (Cox). His past trauma is so powerful that when he remembers such moments, he feels so completely immersed in them it is as though he is physically reliving them. A prime indicator of this is that Billy first begins to travel in time while walking behind enemy lines in Germany. This moment is when he first began to experience death and violence first hand, and in order to remove himself from it, he travels to a different time in his own head....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Time travel]

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Slaughterhouse-Five Essay: Three Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five

- 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....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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The Theme of Time in Slaughterhouse-Five

- The Theme of Time in Slaughterhouse-Five Many writers in history have written science fiction novels and had great success with them, but only a few have been as enduring over time as Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. Slaughterhouse-Five is a personal novel which draws upon Vonnegut's experience's as a scout in World War Two, his capture and becoming a prisoner of war, and his witnessing of the fire bombing of Dresden in February of 1945 (the greatest man-caused massacre in history). The novel is about the life and times of a World War Two veteran named Billy Pilgrim....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Experience of Time Travel, War, and Death in Slaughterhouse-Five

- Slaughterhouse-Five is a stirring science-fiction book, which contains many interesting themes such as, space and time travel, philosophy on death, war, and aliens. In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is not in the first chapter. The author of this book, Kurt Vonnegut is the main character in this chapter (Harris). This book is written in a rather random order because Billy Pilgrim lived his life that way. In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, the author’s imagination helps him get through reality by giving him the illusion that he is traveling through time and cannot die (Westbrook)....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse- Five

- ... They take him and other prisoners to Dresden. Allied Forces bombed Dresden and Billy and some others prisoners were the only survivors. When he returned home, he experienced many breakdowns, which was a consequence of war. He admitted himself into a veterans’ hospital and was treated with shock therapy. Later on, he married a woman named Valencia Merble and had two children. After his daughter’s wedding, he was kidnapped by aliens called Tralfamadorians. During this time, he is put into a zoo with a woman who he was expected to mate with....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim]

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The Use of Fragmentation in Slaughterhouse-Five

- The Use of Fragmentation in Slaughterhouse-Five In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut uses fragmentation of time, structure and character in order to unify his non-linear narrative. Vonnegut's main character, Billy Pilgrim, travels back and forth in his own life span "paying random visits to all events in between" (SF 23). The result is Billy's life is presented as a series of episodes without any chronological obligations. This mirrors the structure of the novel which has a beginning, middle and end but not in their traditional places....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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War in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller both have a striking resemblance in the themes of anti-war and of free will. Both don’t come into full force right in the beginning but eventually become more evident. Both novels focus on one character throughout the entire novel, and each protagonist is affected by all the events around them. It changes their perspective and how they view life as a whole. Both Billy in Slaughterhouse Five and Yossarian in Catch -22, dislike war and are known as anti-war heroes....   [tags: slaughterhouse-five, kurt vonnegut]

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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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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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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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Death and Time in Slaughterhouse-Five

- Death and Time in Slaughterhouse-Five We all wish we could travel through time, going back to correct our stupid mistakes or zooming ahead to see the future. In Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five, however, time travel does not seem so helpful. Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut's main character, has come unstuck in time. He bounces back and forth between his past, present, and future lives in a roller coaster time trip that proves both senseless and numbing. Examining Billy's time traveling, his life on Tralfamadore, and the novel's schizophrenic structure shows that time travel is actually a metaphor for our human tendency to avoid facing the unpleasant reality of death....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five

- The Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five The moral of "Slaughterhouse-Five" is whatever you want it to be. That is the beauty of the book. However, in his typically dark, sarcastic way, Kurt Vonnegut gives us several possible themes to explore. One of the themes relates to the way in which Mr. Vonnegut presents the human life span. Through his writing, Mr. Vonnegut poses an ancient question: Are we masters of our destiny, or are we simply pawns of fate. The medium through which Mr. Vonnegut presents this riddle is death....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Why Does Billy Pilgrim Become Unstuck in Time in "Slaughterhouse-Five"?

- In the book Slaughterhouse-Five the character Billy Pilgrim is a reflection of the author Kurt Vonnegut. He is said to become unstuck in time. But what does the author really mean by “unstuck in time?” The story begins after the bombing of Dresden, which caused PTSD that is very common in many people after being at war. PTSD is a very common aftermath of war, or even during war. PSTD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is very common in deployed troops of all ages. It occurs after an event that is, basically, life changing....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, PTSD,]

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The Intricately Woven Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five

- The Intricately Woven Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five At first glance Slaughterhouse-Five appears to be a simplistic story. It is a short account of a man's experiences in World War II and the effects the war had on his life. But by taking a deeper look into Slaughterhouse-Five we see intricately woven themes, contrasts, and morals. Vonnegut has disguised a great lecture against war and an acceptance of death through the idiocy and simplicity of Billy Pilgrim....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Parallel Plot Lines in Slaughterhouse-Five

- The Parallel Plot Lines in Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut is and will always in my eyes and in the eyes of many others the writer who made the science-fiction genre safe for not only mainstream appeal, but also critical acclaim and intellectual contemplation. Even though Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series were released in roughly the same timeframe as Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, none has held the same aura of respect and significance to the literary zeitgeist as Vonnegut's monumental masterpiece....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five as an Antiwar Novel

- Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five as an Antiwar Novel War can affect and inspire people to many degrees. Kurt Vonnegut was inspired by war to write Slaughterhouse-Five, which is a unique book referred to sometimes as a science fiction or semi-autobiographical novel. But, if facts are inferred in the novel, like the similarity of Vonnegut to Billy Pilgrim, facts about other characters (specifically the Tralfamadorians), and the themes and structure of the novel, another way of viewing ;this book can be seen that is as an anti war piece of writing....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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Slaughterhouse-Five and the Psychological Consequences of War

- “How nice- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive” (Vonnegut 181). In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five the main character Billy Pilgrim experiences few emotions during his time in World War II. His responses to people and events lack intensity or passion. Throughout the novel Billy describes his time travel to different moments in his life, including his experience with the creatures of Tralfamadore and the bombing of Dresden. He wishes to die during most of the novel and is unable to connect with almost anyone on Earth....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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Kurt Vonnegut 's Cat 's Cradle And Slaughterhouse Five

- ... Hoping that it would change the future, he with other authors started to express ideas through literature, that would invite people to stand up against the war, as it led to the appearance of postmodernism. This new movement expressed the feelings of people after war, when it showed “... Mixing and blending of cultures, ... a plurality or parallelism of intellectual and spiritual worlds … all consistent value systems collapse...” (Postmodernism). Struggles during post-war period, ideas about nuclear war and achieving stability and order had a tremendous effect on authors and their subject matter....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cold War]

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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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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: Manipulation of Time and Place

- Slaughterhouse Five - Manipulation of Time and Place Kurt Vonnegut's manipulation of time and place adds a science- fiction element to Slaughterhouse-Five. Structarally, the novel is far from traditional. Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist, jumps from place to place and is in a constant time warp while on the planet Tralfamadore. Since Vonnegut uses the planet Tralfamadore and the Tralfamadorian people to take Billy from place to place and time frame to time frame, in the novel he constantly respects the phrase "So it goes," which describes the Tralfamadorians' view of death....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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Slaughterhouse-Five Essay: Irony, Dark Humor, and Satire

- Irony, Dark Humor, and Satire in Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut uses a combination of dark humor and irony in Slaughterhouse-Five. As a result, the novel enables the reader to realize the horrors of war while simultaneously laughing at some of the absurd situations it can generate. Mostly, Vonnegut wants the reader to recognize the fact that one has to accept things as they happen because no one can change the inevitable. Although Slaughterhouse-Five may not be filled with delightful satire and comical scenes, there are accounts which the force the reader to laugh....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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The Poweful Message of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

- The Poweful Message of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five From Ancient Greek playwright, Euripides, ("To die is a debt we must all of us discharge" (Fitzhenry 122)) to renowned Nineteenth Century poet, Emily Dickinson, ("Because I could not stop for Death/ He kindly stopped for me -/ The carriage held but just ourselves/ And Immortality" (Fitzhenry 126)) the concept of death, reincarnation, rebirth, and mourning have been brooded over time and time again. And with no definite answers to life's most puzzling question of death being given, it only seems natural that this subject is further explored....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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The Passive Time Traveler in Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

- Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, is a novel about Billy Pilgrim, a WWII veteran who claims that he has “ come unstuck in time. ” ( Slaughterhouse Five 23 ). Billy Pilgrim also seems to remember a trip to an alien planet; he spoke of it at a radio show and wrote of it to a newspaper. But most likely, his vivid recollections of extraterrestrial experiences and disposition to passive time travel are simply delusions stemming from a post-traumatic stress disorder. A post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder caused by recent trauma, or the resurfacing of trauma in one’s child hood....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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A Life Worth Living in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- A Life Worth Living in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut (1922- ) is an author with a unique perspective on life. He sees in a vivid technicolor things in this world that the rest of humanity may only see in black and white. By the same token he sees life as a rather dark subject, it's the ultimate joke at our expense (Lundquist 1). His life experience has been one of hardship. His mother committed suicide in 1942. Two years later he was captured by Nazis in World War II's epic Battle of the Bulge....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions

- Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions Who would have ever thought the way a radioactive particle decays would relate to whether or not we have bad attitudes towards life. Who would have ever suspected that the structure of space-time would be so closely linked to whether or not we would marry rich wives. And who indeed would have ever expected that the properties of light might affect whether or not we go on homicidal rampages. Perhaps Kurt Vonnegut did. Could it be possible that a writer known more for his pictures of assholes than his knowledge of advanced physics actually centered some of the deepest concepts in his works on the philosophical implications of gen...   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Breakfast Essays]

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The Thought-experiments in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade: A Duty Da

- The Thought-experiments in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance With Death In 1945 Kurt Vonnegut witnessed a horrific series of bombings that led to the destruction of the German city of Dresden, where he was taken as a prisoner of war. The controversial fire-storm raid, carried out by bombers of the Royal Air Force and US Air Force, took casualties of up to a quarter million people (Klinkowitz x-xi). As a prisoner of war, Vonnegut was forced to participate as a corpse miner in the city's cleanup process....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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Two Sides of Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

- Two Sides of Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five War can destroy. War can teach. In Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse Five, the central character, Billy Pilgrim, is the outcome of a test. In creating and developing Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut's intention is to show the effect of modern war on a sensitive person who tries to play the game the way society expects. This, along with family influence, shapes how Billy acts in his two different lives: life in the military and life alone....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five Essays]

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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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Annie Dillard's A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

- Annie Dillard's A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Throughout history people in general have tried in countless ways to explain the presence of a ‘higher being’. It is basic human nature to wonder about such things. Each and every one of these people has come up with a different explanation for their interpretation of the spiritual power. Annie Dillard and Kurt Vonnegut have given wonderful examples of how these interpretations can differ in their respective books A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek and Slaughterhouse-Five....   [tags: Tinker Creek Slaughterhouse essays]

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Billy Pilgrim as a Christ Figure in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughterhouse Five

- Billy Pilgrim as a Christ Figure in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughterhouse Five After reading the novel, Slaughterhouse Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., I found my self in a sense of blankness. The question I had to ask myself was, "Poo-tee-weet?"(Vonnegut p. 215). Yet, the answer to my question, according to Vonnegut was, "So it goes"(Vonnegut p.214). This in fact would be the root of my problems in trying to grasp the character of Billy Pilgrim and the life, in which he leads throughout the novel....   [tags: Slaughterhouse Five Essays]

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Writing Techniques in Art Spiegelman's Maus and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

- Writing Techniques in Art Spiegelman's Maus and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five BAM. ZONK. POW. ZAP. What images do these words bring to mind. For many people, they illicit scenes of Batman and his sidekick Robin, fighting their way through a legion of bad guys while arriving only seconds after their arch-villain has escaped. From these short, succinct, nonsense words, images of battles are painted over a much larger canvas; the delicate balance and constant struggle between good and evil is illustrated in black and white terms....   [tags: Spiegelman maus Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Essays]

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Themes of Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt vonnegut and Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

- Themes of Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt vonnegut and Catch 22 by Joseph Heller In the books, Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut and Catch 22 by Joseph Heller there are many themes that at first don’t appear to be related but once given a closer look have striking similarities. Both books are about one mans experience through World War II, one being a fighter pilot and another being a soldier. Each man is known as an anti-war hero. They do not agree with the war and do not find it appropriate to fight for it....   [tags: Slaughterhouse 5 Catch 22 Literature Essays]

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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

- ... Also, he uses Biblical situations which impresses Glover; introducing the concept of Christianity and kindness into the minds of people. The critic points out the fact that Vonnegut does not take all matters seriously and is very humorous with his writings. Other critics tend to see Vonnegut as not being highly acclaimed or not accepting to the academic canon. Lastly, Glover points out the fact that Vonnegut uses time travel to help create imagery into foreshadowing and creativeness. Vonnegut is an effective writer and makes an impression on numerous literary fanatics....   [tags: hansel and gretels, massacre in europe]

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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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The Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

- ... The Chinese government is not the same partisan as now in that time, they have 3 years’ war between these two different partisan, and that war killed more than 10 million people. I felt so indignation every time I remember this data. Whatever the situation went happened, but more than 10 million people died in that war, and the most thing I cannot accept is both the two armies are make up by Chinese people, the only different is they belongs to two different partisans. I cannot image how the parents will be after they know their kids died in the war, and how the wife will be when they know their husband cannot come back anymore....   [tags: World War II, War, Want, Kurt Vonnegut]

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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

- 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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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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Slaughterhouse Five Literary Analysis

- Baruch Spinoza once said “Experience teaches us no less clearly than reason, that men believe themselves free, simply because they are conscious of their actions and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.” He compared free-will with destiny and ended up that what we live and what we think are all results of our destiny; and the concept of the free-will as humanity know is just the awareness of the situation. Similarly, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five explores this struggle between free-will and destiny, and illustrates the idea of time in order to demonstrate that there is no free-will in war; it is just destiny....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut novel]

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Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

- In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, a fictional character named Bill Pilgrim is used to depict the various themes about life and war. Vonnegut went through some harsh times in Dresden, which ultimately led to him writing about the tragedies and emotional effects that come with war. By experiencing the war first handed, Vonnegut is able to make a connection and relate to the traumatic events that the soldiers go through. Through the use of Billy Pilgrim and the other characters, Vonnegut is able show the horrific affects the war can have on these men, not only during the war but after as well....   [tags: literary analysis, kurt vonnegut]

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Slaughterhouse Five

- Where innumerous catastrophic events are simultaneously occurring and altering the mental capability of its viewers eternally, war is senseless killing. The participants of war that are ‘fortunate’ enough to survive become emotionally distraught civilians. Regardless of the age of the people entering war, unless one obtains the mental capacity to witness numerous deaths and stay unaffected, he or she is not equipped to enter war. Kurt Vonnegut portrays the horrors of war in Slaughterhouse Five, through the utilization of satire, symbolism, and imagery....   [tags: Literature Review]

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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"

- 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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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: A Warning Against War

- ... Their terror evaporated. There was nothing to be afraid of. Here were more crippled human beings, more fools like themselves. Here was light opera. (151) Through this description Vonnegut further drives his point: war is absurd. In war there is no glorious and brilliant, not even the winners; it is only a shameful display of disoriented, unfit children playing a chaotic, deathly game. Tralfamadore is Vonnegut's representation of the breadth of the absurdness of war, which stretches beyond human reason and becomes parallel to a world of speaking toilet plungers....   [tags: Kurt Vonnegut, the children's crusade]

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

- ... (29) As stated above, the time travel aspect of this novel is simply a metaphor of how Billy Pilgrim is struggling with letting go of his past and the above quote demonstrates this completely. Vonnegut writes that Billy walks through one door in 1955 and comes out another one in 1941 and that he visits random moments of his life. Billy visiting random little moments of his life could just be a sign that, because the war affected him so strongly, that he is having trouble letting go. The next quote where Vonnegut addresses the after effects of war is, “Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next and the trips aren’t necessarily fun” (29)....   [tags: violence of war, fire-bombing, germany]

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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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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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