The Emotional Rollercoaster We Call Life Am I Rite

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The Emotional Rollercoaster We Call Life Am I Rite In Kurt Vonnegut’s famous Slaughterhouse Five, the main character of the novel, Billy Pilgrim, is having traumatic experiences happen to him such as everything that happened throughout the war. Because of these temperamental events, Pilgrim has been emotionally scarred and experiences Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) throughout the novel. Pilgrim describes events that scarred him before the war which leads to the reader believing he was emotionally scarred before he was put into war, such as the experiences he had with his father. In Maxine Kumin’s “Woodchucks,” the narrator is revealing the inhumane, cruel part of themselves based upon the events that spiraled in the poem. The narrator of the poem appears to be mentally damaged by the end of the poem, wishing she wasn’t the person she was. This directly related to Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five due to the fact that Pilgrim was also feeling the same way at the end of the book compared to “Woodchucks.” Vonnegut’s idea behind revealing events that Pilgrim experienced before the war shows how he was damaged beneath who he really was. The message behind both pieces is revealing to the audience that the events a person goes through at early development are what shape them to be the person they are later. Someone living with Clinical Depression or any other mental illness does not wake up and suddenly feel depressed. It is the events they experienced throughout their…

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