Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Insanity is generally described as being mentally deranged. They are unable to make conscious decisions on their own therefore they are placed in a psychological state that prevents normal behavior and perception. Slaughterhouse-Five explores the life of the protagonist Billy Pilgrim in a series of arbitrary events. As his life progresses, his insanity begins to progress and reveal more. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut introduces Billy Pilgrim who is ‘unstuck in time’ and creates Tralfamadore for his positive reinforcement, as someone insane due to the trauma and causes of his war-time experiences. After Billy remarkably returns from World War 2, he is unable to let go of the war experiences he suffered in, which were very traumatizing, He is institutionalized with post-traumatic stress disorder and this was the source to him feeling very isolated and lost. While Billy was being treated in the hospital: “Everybody else thought he looked fine and was acting fine. Now he was in the hospital. The doctors agreed: He was going crazy”... “They didn’t think it had anything to do with the war” (Vonnegut, 100)
Everyone but the doctors believed that he was a fine patient. Billy lives through horrible conditions during the war for example when people started dying on the box car and many soldiers in the war often had hallucinations, diagnosed with many problems because of all the traumatic images seen during that time, and must have lost any type of motivation for life and

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