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Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut: An Analysis

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Aristotle described plot as being unified through a beginning, middle, and end. Writers use this model in modern literature to display the linear progression of a story. However, the WWII satire Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut follows a non linear time progression to represent the anguish of the human mind as a result of trauma. Likewise, Vonnegut’s choice proves to be effective, as well as negate the need for Aristotle’s standard model of a narrative. The effectiveness of this unique timeline is made possible due to how Billy Pilgrim’s mind was altered by the war. Therefore, examination of specific aspects of Billy’s life reveals how the novel does not need to follow the standard linear time progression.

At the beginning of Slaughterhouse-Five
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