Billy Pilgrim In Slaughterhouse Five

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The postmodernist writing of Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse 5 abandons traditional storytelling by presenting the life of Billy Pilgrim in a non chronological order. This creates a reflection of Pilgrim’s erratic reality, avoiding a typical plot line. Classically war stories showcase a hero; a hero who will battle against the odds and win. Yet Vonnegut’s character (Billy Pilgrim) does not act or have motivation beyond basic survival, often portrayed as a victim of destiny. By possessing traits that contrast with those of a traditional hero Billy Pilgrim becomes a classic example of an anti-hero. Traits such as being constantly referred to as ‘Billy’, suggesting him to be child-like, never maturing. His appearance being that of a ‘spindly

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