Slaughter Five by Kurt Vonnegut

587 Words Jan 29th, 2018 2 Pages
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can develop due to any traumatic event that causes psychological trauma. Some symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks to the traumatic event, nightmares, memory issues, feeling detached or “emotionally numb”, and exaggerated responses to things that startle the person or remind them of the event. Billy Pilgrim develops PTSD during his time serving as a soldier in WWII. He lives a rather unhappy life on earth. During the war he is always looked down upon and even though he becomes quite successful after the war, he is never fully engaged with the world around him. Billy believes that after the war he is abducted by aliens who brought him to this imaginary place, Tralfamadore. Billy Pilgrim’s life on earth with PTSD forces him to create an imaginary place that helps him to cope. A place that brings him comfort, and a place where he can funtion, and is embraced.
The way the Tralfamadorians think of life brings comfort to Billy. They tell Billy “ All time is time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, that we all are, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.” (Pg. 86) And when Billy suggests that from that, it sounds like the Tralfamadorian doesn’t believe in free will, he simply replies “I’ve visited thirtyone inhabited planets in the…
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