Sure, the story is interesting. It has a fascinating and mostly successful blend of tragedy and comic relief. And yes, I guess the fractured structure and time-travelling element must have been quite novel and original back in the day.
Plot[ edit ] The story is told in a nonlinear order, and events become clear through flashbacks or time travel experiences from the unreliable narrator.
He describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes he was held in an alien zoo and has experienced time travel. Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain's assistant in the United States Army during World War II, is an ill-trained, disoriented, and fatalistic American soldier who refuses to fight "Billy wouldn't do anything to save himself".
Billy approaches death due to a string of events. Before the Germans capture Billy, he meets Roland Weary, a patriot, warmonger, and bully just out of childhood like Billywho derides the soldier's cowardice.
When Weary is captured, the Germans confiscate everything he has, including his boots, giving him hinged, wooden clogs to wear; Weary eventually dies in Luxembourg of gangrene caused by wounds from the stiff clogs. While dying in a railcar full of prisoners, Weary convinces fellow soldier, Paul Lazzaro, that Billy is to blame for his death.
Lazzaro vows to avenge Weary's death by killing Billy, because revenge is "the sweetest thing in life. Billy and the other prisoners are transported by the Germans to Luxembourg. Bythe Germans transport the prisoners to Dresden to work in "contract labor" forced labor.
This results in their being among the few survivors of the firestorm that raged in the city between 13 and 15 February Soon, Billy is hospitalized with symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder and placed under psychiatric care. A man named Eliot Rosewater introduces Billy to the novels of an obscure science fiction author named Kilgore Trout.
After his release, Billy marries Valencia Merble. Valencia's father owns the Ilium School of Optometry that Billy later attends. InBilly and Valencia's first child, Robert, is born. Two years later their daughter Barbara is born. On Barbara's wedding night, Billy is captured by an alien space ship and taken to a planet light-years away from Earth called Tralfamadore.
The Tralfamadorians are described as seeing in four dimensions, simultaneously observing all points in the space-time continuum. They universally adopt a fatalistic worldview: Death means nothing but "so it goes".
On Tralfamadore, Billy is put in a transparent geodesic dome exhibit in a zoo; the dome represents a house on Earth.
The Tralfamadorians later abduct a movie star named Montana Wildhack, who had disappeared and was believed to have drowned herself in the Pacific Ocean. They intend to have her mate with Billy. She and Billy fall in love and have a child together. Billy is instantaneously sent back to Earth in a time warp to relive past or future moments of his life.
InBilly and a copilot are the only survivors of a plane crash. Valencia dies of carbon monoxide poisoning while driving to visit Billy in the hospital. Billy shares a hospital room with Bertram Rumfoord, a Harvard history professor.SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE OR THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE A Duty-dance with Death KURT VONNEGUT, JR.
war buddy named Bernard V. O'Hare if I could come to see him. He was a district attorney in Pennsylvania. I was a writer on Cape Cod. We had been privates in the war, infantry scouts.
We had never expected to make any money after the war, but we were. The Destructiveness of War Whether we read Slaughterhouse-Five as a science-fiction novel or a quasi-autobiographical moral statement, we cannot ignore the destructive properties of war, since the catastrophic firebombing of the German town of Dresden during World War II situates all of the other seemingly random events.
Slaughterhouse Five And Its Depictions Of Key World War II Events Words | 9 Pages Josh Cohen Mrs. Hallstrom English Honors 4 8 May Slaughterhouse-Five and its Depiction of Key World War II Events Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is an interesting but complicated novel about a man bouncing through time and space.
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death () is a science fiction-infused anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut about the World War II experiences and journeys through time of Billy Pilgrim, from his time as an American soldier and chaplain's assistant, to postwar and early benjaminpohle.com is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work.
Slaughterhouse-Five ain't about officers or heroes. It's about privates, most of whom don't want to be—and shouldn't be—on the battlefield. And it's about prisoners of war, men who have been deprived of any kind of control over where they go and what they do. There is nothing—we repeat.
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Slaughterhouse-Five, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. War and Death Slaughterhouse-Five is an attempt by the author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., to come to terms with the firebombing of Dresden, which killed over , Germans, mostly civilians, and destroyed one of Europe. May 31, · Kurt Vonnegut: Still Speaking To The War Weary Vonnegut's blend of anti-war sentiment and satire made him one of the most popular writers . Slaughterhouse-five and War Words | 5 Pages. mention of war and the key motif of “so it goes” contribute to the novel? Throughout the novel Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut we focus on three motifs/themes to define whether or not it is an anti-war novel.
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