Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

902 Words May 4th, 2015 4 Pages
I. Introduction
A. Hook
1. PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety disorder that develops in some after they experience extremely traumatic events, such as combat. Those with PTSD may relive the event via intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares; they would do anything to avoid memories of trauma, including inventing an alternate planet.
2. Billy, the main character in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five, experienced firsthand the trauma of war during the firebombing of Dresden. After this event, Billy created Tramfaladore, the planet where time does not exist.
B. Summary
1. In Kurt Vonnegut 's novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, he waves a story of destruction, war, mental health, and time travel to demonstrate the effects of posttraumatic wartime experiences through a Billy’s struggle with reality.
C. Thesis
1. By developing character interactions and situations that display the psychological effects that war can have on an individual, Vonnegut shows how traumatic war circumstances have a dramatic impact on one’s psyche.
D. Plan of Dev.
1. The remarkable use of narrative structure and satirical events by Kurt Vonnegut portrays the realistic repercussions of traumatic war experiences.
II. First Sub-Topic: Narrative Structure
A. Topic Sentence/Transition
1. The novel’s “short and jumbled” (Vonnegut 22) fashion reflects the condition of its protagonist, Billy Pilgram.
2. Easier vs. more difficult emotional events and their portrayals
a. “He was down…
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