Billy Pilgrim's Slaughterhouse-Five

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Billy survived the bombing of Dresden, Germany. “Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time,” Slaughterhouse-five (22). The flying saucers take him to the planet Tralfamadore on his daughter’s wedding night, for their zoo. Billy Pilgrims’s timeline is a ‘wibbly wobbly’ mess of events, for reasons like that, many question his sanity. But what makes a person sane? Sane: having a healthy mind, able to think normally. War can mess with a person’s head; Billy has been in extreme situations, his actions don’t make him any less sane. Billy Pilgrim didn’t miss any time while he lived on the planet Tralfamadore. Using time warp Billy was able to live years with the Tralfamadorians and only miss a microsecond of Earth time. Being unstuck in time is random…show more content…
The Tralfamadorians see time different than humans. They believe that all of time, past, present, and future, have always existed. Billy has relived his death over and over again, he even went as far as to record it, “I Billy Pilgrim will die, have died, and always will die on February thirteenth, 1976” Slaughterhouse-five (134). Billy does this with a sound mind, the Tralfamadorians taught him that when a person dies that person isn’t dead their still alive in the past, he thinks it’s silly to cry at a funeral. If being able to think normally makes a person sane is Billy not sane? Sure he is a little odd but what person isn’t? I like to think that Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity; “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” helps to define sanity. If you were to be put in an extreme situation would your actions define insanity? Billy Pilgrim has been drafted into a war he did not want to be a part of, and he certainly didn’t ask for alien abductions or jumping through time. But because all of his reactions to extreme situations he is thought to be
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