Vonnegut 's ' Slaughterhouse Five '

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In Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five, he has a way of not only revealing truth but hiding it as well. Many view this novel as an anti-war book and with that one could infer that the main truth he would wish to reveal is the sadness, horror and truth of war. However, there are other smaller truths one come to uncover as they read on. This book becomes an analysis by one, and reading is when they analyze his words how they want. Here is how I see his truths, whether being revealed or hidden through symbols, characters or even events. First off, throughout the book, one comes to realize that Vonnegut has a way of making Billy Pilgrim seem more like a boy than a man in this book. The references like the too small of a coat or the…show more content…
The dog thought he wanted the steak, but he ended up dead by the glorifying idea that he’d enjoy it. Even what one believes they can handle, it could tear them down in the end, and that is what one could believe is the truth Vonnegut is trying to reveal. To follow, the truths revealed in the book are more than just one could see. There are many ways to see the words Vonnegut writes and the next truth I believe another could see is hidden within the backwards film he plays. One reads, “American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards (93),” as Billy starts watching the movie. It is a movie about war and Billy watches it backwards to see the bombs go from the ground back up to the plane and so on. The truth revealed by this simple scene he describes is that even if one wants to undo the suffering that was has created, they cannot. It has already been done and can’t be taken back. This ties in with how this book is viewed as anti-war. If Vonnegut is trying to reveal this large truth about the war while simultaneously revealing smaller truths, this fits in exactly. This is the same truth one could see with the horse’s hooves that Vonnegut has the reader visualize in the ninth chapter. He writes, “The Americans had treated their form of transportation as though it were no more sensitive than a six-cylinder Chevrolet (251),” to make you just realize how they had treated the animal.
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