Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

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"When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in a bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is 'so it goes. '" This quote, from Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse-five, has always stuck with me. Looking at the world through a softly tinted glass can brighten the edges. All the difficult and low stretches of life could be such a small fraction, if we would look at things from perspectives other than our own. Some would tell me I should enjoy revenge. That it could bring me as much joy as any other form of self gratification. Others would advise against it, recognizing its destructive tendency. True happiness is such a fragile emotion that weighing all the options and paths and different forms of it, make life decisions especially complex.
It was the week after my eighteenth birthday and the smell of artificial smoke and the sound of young children dressed as monsters, demanding sweet treats, permeated my room. My fingers pressed to The Jade Shard, the book I had chosen for the project which had gotten all warped from the moisture that attacked the pages when I was reading it in the steamy shower. I sat down at my laptop, my body limp from exhaustion, to work on a paper for school. Writer’s block tripped me like The Mountain did The Red Viper.…
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