Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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Throughout Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, he bestows an ancient question: Are humankind experts of their own future, or are they merely pawns of fate? This novel is used to explore the reality of free will and the theory of predestination. Vonnegut uses the acts and ideals of the characters in his novel to elaborate both ideas. Billy Pilgrim is most frequently the character used to express Vonnegut’s views. He is used as an example of a man living contradictory of Vonnegut’s beliefs. Through literary techniques, Vonnegut analyzes the deprivation of free will, presented by the Tralfamadorian’s, and during the course of the novel refutes it. Slaughterhouse-Five is essentially Vonnegut’s desire for humanity to meet this commitment. It

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