Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

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In the book Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Billy Pilgrim is the main character, the protagonist of the novel. The novel is focused on the four sides of Billy. The first being his life as a WWII soldier. The second, his present, which is a very boring life as a husband, father, and optometrist in Ilium, New York. The third is his time travels from past to future, and the fourth is his life as a prisoner on the planet Trafalmadore. In the beginning of the book Billy is an optometry student when he gets drafted to the war. He is sent to fight in Luxembourg against the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge and is quickly captured by a small group of German scouts. Billy is a very weak and pathetic character who manages to get on nearly everybody's bad side. He suffers from constant nightmares, but manages to survive in places where others don't. Billy even manages to make it through one of the worst fire bombings of WWII, the Dresden firebombing. During the year of 1944 is when Billy believes he became "unstuck" in time. Being so, this gives an explanation to why Billy is always so nervous and awkward because never knows what point in his life he will travel too. It seems that very unpleasant experiences trigger the time travel. After the war, Billy returns to Ilium, New York, and tries to live a normal life after his experiences in the war. As he studies to become an optometrist he gets engaged to a rather unattractive, fat, and wealthy women, Valencia. Once back
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