Kurt Vonnegut Analysis

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Although he has been dead for 10 years now, Kurt Vonnegut and his award winning books still have relevance in the world today. The author of Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, created a emotional and very interesting story of war and hope which will go on for years to come, and will carry the message of what war is truly like to many generations. Kurt himself was a veteran of the war, and his book features the main character, Billy Pilgrim, who becomes unstuck in time, and goes through the moments of his life in no specific order from his time in the battlefield, his experience in the alien zoo, and his childhood. Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five contains a timeless message of inevitability of war, our numbness to violence and death, and a discussion of the presence of or lack of free will.
Kurt Vonnegut, German American, born November 11, 1922, lived in a very wealthy family until the Great Depression hit and left them in poor conditions. Because of the drastic changes in the Vonnegut’s families wealthy, his mother committed suicide in 1944, on Mother’s Day to be exact. Around this same time when his mother died, Kurt Vonnegut was out at war fighting for his country and people. Unfortunately, he was captured during the Battle of Bulge and was held prisoner in Dresden where he saw a bombing that killed up to 35,000 people right in front of his eyes. Thankfully, Vonnegut survived but the painful events he experienced and witnessed followed him home after the war. These

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