Mental Health in Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Madness and insanity are two words that can be linked together, Insanity is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns, Billy Pilgrim displayed some of this abnormal behaviors which were mental, the readers see it in the things he does like he thinks he has the ability to go to see the future and also flashback into the past. In his novel Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut uses Billy Pilgrim’s actions, thoughts, and choices to demonstrate that Billy is insane in order to develop the idea that one’s hold on sanity can become altered following tragic events.
Through Billy Pilgrim’s he creates an alternated world because Kurt Vonnegut demonstrates that Billy Pilgrim has not lost his sanity, but rather he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in order to develop the idea that sanity may appear different for people dealing with traumatic life events. Billy Pilgrim talks about a place that no one else knows about and it matter Billy Pilgrim ability take a glimpse into the future and see unreal things “He had already seen a lot of their marriage, thanks to time travel, knew it was going to be at least bearable all the way” (Vonnegut 153). Billy Pilgrim seems to think that he can somehow just close his eyes and transfer into another world or into a certain point in his life as he once “Closed his eyes, and opened them again” (Vonnegut 81) . He was still howling and depressing, Billy Pilgrim also seemed to make
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