Human Nature Essay

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Human Nature For hundreds of years people have written countless books about war. Some have chosen to write simply about the events that took place during the war, in the form a historical account, while others have chosen to write about their own, or other people's experiences. However, many of them have portrayed war as being glorious and associated it with valor and honor, suggesting that all participants of war were heroes. In a way these kinds of writings were encouraging warfare by depicting the act of war and its partakers as being admirable. On the contrary, Slaughterhouse- Five written by Kurt Vonnegut is an anti-war book. Not only does it reveal the horrors of war, but it also…show more content…
There are shifts in the tone of the passage. The narrator has a somewhat bitter tone when he is talking about being left behind by the plane. The line "And I became a non-person in the Boston fog…with some other non-persons…" (20) shows that he is both frustrated for not being able to have power over the situation which he and the others are in. The plane that was scheduled to go to Frankfurt had gone ahead, but a number of people including the narrator himself who were supposed to be on the plane, were not. The narrator is saddened by this situation, which makes it seem like they disappeared off the face of the earth, and became non-existent. Once in the motel room, the narrator's tone display signs of impatience and irritation, as he talks about the time not passing. The narrator uses hyperbole in the line " The second hand of my watch would twitch once, and a year would pass, and then it would twitch again" (20) to emphasize on how slowly the time is passing. "There was nothing I could do about it" (20). This line shows the narrator's helplessness and his inability to control the situation. Finally, the tone becomes sarcastic after he reads the excerpt from the Gideon Bible about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. "Those were vile people in both those cities, as is well known. The world was better of without them" (21).

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