The Slaughterhouse Five Novel By Kurt Vonnegut

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The Slaughterhouse Five novel, is a fictional and nonfictional delight all clashed into one. The author, Kurt Vonnegut, amazingly combines a fictional character’s life with the nonfictional influence of what Kurt himself had experienced. As well as major topics being debated on and dealt with today. Billy Pilgrim takes hold of the story’s main protagonist as a prisoner of war during the Dresden raids in eastern Germany. While reading, I found many relationships in the novel to common concerns, such as time and death; too correlated opinions from other anti-war enthusiasts. Particularly, time, is the main motive behind the life of Billy Pilgrim. Over the course of the book there is no chronological order. All back and forth to one, or …show more content…

But Billy can see his birth and death! Sure, some of our moms recorded our birth, but what if we could see our death! I can not fathom watching myself die, when I think about death I pray it is fast and peaceful. Only time will tell if my prayer will be heard. Similar to time, is death, Billy experienced a lot of this during the war. Death was on a regular basis throughout Billy’s life. “...Billy uncorked it with his thumbs. It didn’t make a pop. The champagne was dead. So it goes”(Vonnegut 93). Obviously champagne isn’t a big deal for us, but what about this passage, “Only the candles and the soap were of German origin. They had ghostly, opalescent similarity. The British had no way of knowing it, but the candles and the soap were made from the fat of rendered Jews and Gypsies and fairies and communists, and other enemies of the State. So it goes”(Vonnegut 122). I was saddened by this, I did not know the Germans had done this, It reminds me of the Nazi concentration camps. Resulting in the Holocaust, costing the lives of over 6 million enemies, or Jews, of the state. From my high school textbooks I remember that most Jews ran most of the banks in Germany before the war, eventually the Depression would hit and I wouldn’t doubt that the Jews were blamed falsely. I think of Zinn now because the Jews didn’t create the Depression, and the events following that would seal their fate in prison camps. Like the W.A.S.P.S or White Anglo

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