Kilgore Trout Essays

  • Kilgore Trout As Vonnegut's Alter Ego

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    Kilgore Trout as Kurt Vonnegut's Alter Ego In 1922, two residents of Indianapolis, Indiana had a son who would later become one of the premiere writers in 20th century American literature. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born to Edith and Kurt Sr. on November 11, 1922. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1940, attended Cornell University for a year, then joined the army. He fought in World War II and was captured by the Germans in 1944. As a Prisoner

  • An Analysis of Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions

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    An Analysis of Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions Kilgore Trout is a struggling novelist that can only get his novels published in porn magazines. Dwayne Hoover is a fabulously well-to-do car salesman that is on the brink of insanity. They only meet once in their lives, but the entire novel, Breakfast of Champions (1973), is based on this one meeting. The meeting is brief, but that is all the author, Kurt Vonnegut, needs to express his message. In fact, it is quite crucial that the meeting starts

  • Delusions In Vonnegut's

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    different parts of his life that Billy may not have realized he had seen and taken to insert into his own imaginary delusions. Vonnegut gives us many scenes to prove that the Tralfamadorians are just a construct of Billy’s broken mind through the use of Kilgore Trout's science fiction novels and other pieces of his life. Vonnegut states that “Billy had a framed prayer on his office wall which expressed his method for keeping going, even though he was unenthusiastic about living. A lot of

  • Tralfamadore- Truth or Imagination?

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    imagination. In the novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the parallels between Billy’s Tralfamadore and his horrid experiences of war, as well as Tralfamadore's similarities to Kilgore Trout’s science fiction books show that Tralfamadore is just a figment of Billy’s imagination. Billy's obsession with Kilgore Trout's novels, which depict worlds and ideas similar to those of Tralfamadore, casts doubt on the reality of Tralfamadore. Billy's hallucinations are likely shaped by his fixation on

  • Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    A Look into the Human Mind In his powerful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut tells of a man named Billy Pilgrim who has become unstuck in time. He walks through a door in 1955 and comes out another in 1941. He crashes in a plane in 1968 and ends up displayed in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore making love to Earth porno-star, Montana Wildhack. He ends up in the cellar of a slaughterhouse when Dresden is bombed to ashes during World War II; Billy, his fellow Americans, and four guards were

  • War In Poed In Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

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    veteran’s hospital. Billy instantly became fascinated with science fiction and the author Kilgore Trout. Rosewater tells Billy his theory on how, “guys are going to have to come up with a lot of wonderful new lies, or people just aren 't going to want to go on living '" (Vonnegut 101). Their unnerving experiences in war would cause them to fabricate something to distract their minds from what they have endured. Kilgore Trout, an unsuccessful science fiction author imagines new and different ways of the world’s

  • Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast Of Champions

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    Vonnegut in his book Breakfast of Champions is that an idea, or the lack of them can cause disease, and a great example of that is with the repetition of the symbol, mirrors as leaks into another universe. Early on in the storyline, we learn about Kilgore Trout’s ‘idea’ that Mirrors are leaks, and throughout the book mirrors are brought up. In chapter 18, when the narrator interacts with his characters in the cocktail lounge, he tells us, the readers, that he is wearing sunglasses so that he can be

  • Slaughterhouse Five Hero's Journey

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    science fiction book of Kilgore Trout. One big evidence that came from Tout’s novel that demonstrates that Billy is lying is when he finds one of Trout’s books that he has never read before. "He got a few paragraphs into it, and then he realized that he had read it before-years ago, in the veteran’s hospital. It was about an Earthling ma and women who were kidnapped by extra-terrestrials. They were put on display in a zoo on a planet called Zircon212". [p.201] This Kilgore Trout book is the foundation

  • Criticism Of Kurt Vonnegut

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    Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11th 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Leiber Vonnegut were hit particularly hard by the great depression and his family was financially unstable for most of his childhood. Vonnegut studied at Cornell University, where he double majored in chemistry and biology. Shortly after graduation, Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to Germany once America entered World War II. Around this time, Vonnegut’s mother

  • Dramatic Irony In Slaughterhouse Five

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    In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut we meet the main character, Billy, and follow him in his adventures for the majority of the story, but as the novel goes on there are many other interesting characters that don’t get the spotlight as much. Four examples of such characters are Montana Wildhack, Paul Lazzaro, Edgar Derby, and Eliot Rosewater. Each plays a significant role in the novel, but is only thought of in the moment of comprehension. Looking back at these characters

  • Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    involved with the war, he still is involved with the war. (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Billy Pilgrim had to face many different types of traumatic events. In the Slaughterhouse-Five the book mention Maniacs in the Fourth Dimension by Kilgore Trout stated “It was about people whose mental diseases couldn’t be treated because the causes of the diseases were all in the fourth dimension, and three-dimensional Earthling doctors couldn’t see those causes at all, or even imagine them (Slaughterhouse-Five

  • Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughter House Five

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    Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughter House Five Kurt Vonnegut is one of the favorite dark humorists of the past century. Combining humor and poignancy, he has become one of the most respected authors of his generation. For twenty years, Kurt Vonnegut worked on writing his most famous novel ever: Slaughter House Five. The novelist was called "A laughing prophet of doom" by the New York Times, and his novel "a cause for celebration" by the Chicago Sun-Times. However, Vonnegut himself thought it was

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

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    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

  • The Falsity of Tralfamadore in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five

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    time-travels to various points in his timeline. Though many authors have written about time-travel since H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, in Slaughterhouse Five no such time-travel truly occurs. In Billy Pilgrim’s world, Kilgore Trout has written a great deal about time-travel. In fact, Kilgore Trout was “Billy’s favorite living author and science fiction became the only sort of tales [Billy] could read” ... ... middle of paper ... ...ormer soldier with symptoms of PTSD, an explanation for why war must

  • Critical Analysis Of Slaughterhouse Five

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    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

  • Coping Mechanisms in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

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    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,

  • Is Billy Pilgrim Insane

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    transported from Germany back to the U.S. Later After having a nervous breakdown, Billy dedicates himself to a veterans’ hospital. While staying in the mental ward, another patient introduces Billy to the science fiction novels of a writer named Kilgore Trout -which is important and I'll explain later-. Soon after he's released from the hospital he marries Valencia Merble -who's father just happened to own the Ilium School of Optometry in his home town-. In 1947, Billy and Valencia's first child Robert

  • Morality And Christianity In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    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

  • Billy Pilgrim Character Analysis

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    This independent reading assignment is dedicated to Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut experienced many hardships during and as a result of his time in the military, including World War II, which he portrays through the protagonist of Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim. Slaughterhouse-Five, however, not only introduces these military experiences and the internal conflicts that follow, but also alters the chronological sequence in which they occur. Billy is an optometry student

  • An Analysis Of Slaughterhouse Five

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    Billy Pilgrim,Body on Earth, Mind in the Universe: An analysis of character Slaughterhouse-Five Many people are intrigued by Kurt Vonnegut’s borderline sci-fi, anti-war book Slaughterhouse-Five, and how it has survived throughout the ages. Kurt Vonnegut is an innovative best selling, award winning author of many book such as; Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse-Five etc.The book Slaughterhouse-Five has no beginning, middle or end past the first chapter so it is very common for Billy