Kurt Vonnegut and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and Edith Vonnegut, both studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had two older siblings, Bernard and Alice. He attended Cornell University, along with his siblings. He enlisted in the army while at Cornell, and from there the army transferred him over to Carnegie Institute of Technology and then to the University of Tennessee, in which he studied mechanical engineering. One of his most known works, “Slaughterhouse-Five”, was about a soldier in World War II, much like himself, and the journey’s he goes through after, during, and before the war. Billy Pilgrim, the main character in the story randomly travels through time, and is abducted by aliens who see everything in fourth dimension. Billy was an optometrist, who then was drafted into the military. Billy pilgrim reflects the type of man that Vonnegut is himself. He writes of himself through the fictional character, Billy. It is clear that they both suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a disorder, common in war veterans, that causes anxiety due to a tragic accident or injury that the person experienced. It causes the person to have horrible flashbacks, or memories of the accident. In Billy’s case, the bombing of Dresden could account for the tragic accident that caused the anxiety. Vonnegut is using this allusion, as he was present and survived in the bombing of Dresden as well. As
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