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    The Three Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five   Kurt Vonnegut did a great job in writing an irresistible reading novel in which one is not permitted to laugh, and yet still be a sad book without tears. Slaughterhouse-five was copyrighted in 1969 and is a book about the 1945 firebombing in Dresden which had killed 135,000 people. The main character is Billy Pilgrim, a very young infantry scout who is captured in the Battle of the Bulge and quartered to a slaughterhouse where he and other soldiers

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    In the book Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut’s purpose of creating and alternative, structure of time and Tralfamadorian’s was to mix descriptions of historic Dresden and his personal wartime experiences. Vonnegut uses Tralfamadorian fantasy and bits from his earlier fiction to create a meaningful story and give understand of how Vonnegut felt when he was in war. Vonnegut uses a stream of events to express the difficult time Billy goes through when trying to fully adapt to the Tralfamadorian’s involvement

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    While Pilgrim is the main character of the novel, he is considered the non-hero based on the actions of his life as he is “unstuck in time” (Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, 21). Vonnegut has the reader experience Pilgrim’s life events that include being in the war or being a father, which are not in chronological order, and has a result people believe he’s mentally unstable based on his time travelling experience

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    Slaughterhouse Five Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 and grows up in Ilium, New York. A funny-looking, weak youth, he does well in high school, then he enrolls in night classes at the Ilium School of Optometry, and is soon drafted into the army. He serves as a chaplain's assistant, is sent into the Battle of the Bulge, and almost gets taken prisoner by the Germans. Just before being captured he first becomes unstuck in time. He sees the entirety of his life in one sweep. Billy is transported with other

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    In the novel “Slaughterhouse-Five” the author, Kurt Vonnegut, discusses some issues in society that he believes should be different. The issues that I will be writing about in this essay are; the glorification of war and war “heroes”, and the inevitability of war. He expresses his criticism on these topics using a number of literary techniques, which include; metaphors and imagery. When writing about war in “Slaughterhouse-Five”, Vonnegut tries to show the reality of war and the people who fight

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    Have you ever wished that you could develop a sixth sense? In “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, the Tralfamadorians claim they are able to see in four dimensions. Humans are unable to comprehend life in four dimensions, it’s a mere idea of imagination. What is this so called fourth dimension that earthlings are missing out on so desperately? The Tralfamadorians explain to Billy that time is already predetermined and unchangeable and that there is no such thing as free will. This knowledge that

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    Throughout Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut chooses to use special literary techniques that better explain his own encounters in war as well as help his readers bare the horridness of war. Vonnegut adds black humor in his text to benefit readers as well as “an author-as-character” perspective to set barriers and help protect his own memories in the war. Without adding these two specific devices, Vonnegut could possibly have lost reader’s interests in the book or lost his own interest in writing the

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    Slaughterhouse Five is a book that employs heavy themes to make the reader to not only delve into a realm of thought but also into belief. The themes that the book seems to point to appear to be free will, and human nature. The book seems to portray the idea that we are all destined for something, and that no matter what choices we make it will always end the same. Due to this, Kurt litters the book with religious messages, catholic prayers, inferences to the old and new testament in the bible, and

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    To what ends do the illusion of free will, the mention of war and the key motif of “so it goes” contribute to the novel? Throughout the novel Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut we focus on three motifs/themes to define whether or not it is an anti-war novel. Through the anti-war illusion of free will theme and the “so it goes” motif we are able to make clear assumptions. The illusion of free will, “so it goes” and the presence of the narrator and gruesome images of war throughout the play defy

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     Kurt Vonnegut's uses many images to enhance the overall effect of Slaughterhouse- Five. Throughout the novel, in both war scenes and in the protagonist's travels back and forward in time, the many images produce a believable story of the unusual life of Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut uses color imagery, repetitive images, and images of pain and suffering to develop the novel and create situations that the reader can accept and comprehend. Billy Pilgrim's life is far from normal. Throughout most

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