7 July 2017
AP Summer Vocabulary
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Diction is seen a lot throughout “A Child Called ‘It’”, specifically when David is describing the tortures he faced. The word choice included in the novel is rather harsh and graphic at times, but nevertheless it effectively help the reader visualize the scene and what is going on.
An example of the use of diction is when
“Gripping my arm, Mother held it in the orange-blue flame. My skin seemed to explode from the heat. I could smell the scorched hairs from my burnt arm. As hard as I fought, I could not force Mother to let go of my arm” (Pelzer 41).
Kurt Vonnegut himself is a rhetor having written “Slaughterhouse - Five” as anti-war propaganda. His use of rhetoric works effectively as it shows the struggles of a man who has to live with after-war effects as well a great number of deaths which are shrugged off.
A quote to demonstrate how Vonnegut is a rhetor is when he is talking to his old war buddy’s wife about how she doesn’t want such a horrendous thing like war to be glamorized by the media.
“‘You’ll pretend you were men instead of babies, and you’ll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne or some of those other glamorous, war-loving, dirty old men. And war will look just wonderful, so we’ll have a lot more of them. And they’ll be fought by babies like the babies upstairs.’ So then I understood. It was war that made her so angry.
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In his novels, Vonnegut aims to educate readers towards a greater understanding of the human condition (Priest). He imbues Slaughterhouse-Five with a moral about war: it dehumanizes and destroys everything in its path (Priest). Billy’s story helps to expresses the Tralfamadorian saying “so it goes” as a crude life philosophy, “shit happens” (Gordon). The most memorable part of the story, the phrase retains fame not for the expression behind the words but the lack of. These “world-weary words simultaneously accept and dismiss everything” (Gordon). Vonnegut’s experience in war helps him tell the story of the greatest trauma in his life, Dresden, in the only way he knows how. Slaughterhouse-Five skillfully epitomizes Tralfamadorian teachings,
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Mr. Kurt Vonnegut was an American author who is well known for several novels such as slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle, & God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.