Slaughterhouse Five Author : Kurt Vonnegut

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Independent Reading Dialectical Journal Name: Trevor von Hake Date: 9/25/14 Period: 8 Title of Novel: Slaughterhouse-Five Author: Kurt Vonnegut No. Pg. # “Quote” Response Classification 1 1 “who took us to the slaughter house where he had been locked up at night as a prisoner of war.” In this passage, the reader discovers that the “Slaughterhouse” in the title Slaughterhouse-Five is the camps in which the Germans held prisoners of war. This will obviously serve as a significant setting throughout the course of the novel. Now the reader needs only to discover the significance of the number “five”. Perhaps it is the number of people the narrator was associated with in the camp. TI 2 3 “And I’m reminded, too, of the song that goes: My name is Yon Yonson, I work in Wisconsin, I work in a lumber mill there… ‘My name is Yon Yonson, I work in Wisconsin’” This song is referred to multiple times in the very beginning of the novel. It’s a possibility that this repetition is due to the fact that the narrator relates to the Yon Yonson mentioned in the song. Yon Yonson lives a very repetitive life, and the narrator may very well feel he lives the same kind of life. TI 3 4 “Even if wars didn’t keep coming like glaciers, there would still be plain old death.” This quote and the passage before it recalling a conversation the narrator once had with Harrison Starr are significant in defining the tone of the novel. The narrator explains to Starr that he is writing an “anti-war” novel,
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