Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

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Slaughterhouse Five, a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, depicts unchronological and sometimes nonsensical moments of the life of Billy Pilgrim as he “become[s] unstuck in time”(Vonnegut S. Five 23) Billy has no control over where he will end up next. “He has seen his birth and death many times, and he pays random visits to all the events in between”, and “is in a constant state of fright, ... because he never knows which part of his life he is going to have to act out next.”(Vonnegut S. Five 23) The story follows Billy to many different moments in his life. In one moment he is a middle aged Optometrist, another moment after that he is a boy in a German POW camp in Dresden, and still the next moment after that he is an old man being…show more content…
Through the cruelty Billy experiences at the hands of the German soldiers, and the other terrible things he witnesses throughout the war Vonnegut explores the worst parts of human nature. With the same points he also questions whether humans have free will, and the plight of human suffering. Vonnegut’s unique writing style, and narrative structure structure give more meaning, and relatability to the story Billy Pilgrim by creating a truly mind boggling story that causes the reader to feel as if they themselves are there. Though Slaughterhouse Five is one of Vonnegut’s more well known works his legacy in the world of literature span far beyond one story. In the Vonnegut’s short story 2BR02B provides a similar dismal view on the nature of man in regards to violence as well as criticizing other various aspects of humanity. In addition critical essays about Slaughterhouse Five, such as “Slaughterhouse Five and the Comforts of Indifference” by Barry Chabot, sheds light on another terrible piece of human nature by exploring capacity to justify anything. The holistic evaluation of all these different works is necessary to fully grasp Slaughterhouse Five and Kurt Vonnegut, “a man who is admiring of man but also disappointed in him” (John Stewart, The Daily Show September 23, 2005). Kurt Vonnegut is known for his dark outlook on life, his unique style of writing, and satirical humor. His life events helped shape him, and his writing into
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