Events In Slaughterhouse Five

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The Horrors of War and More This book report is over Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. This book was published by Dial Press Trade paperbacks and is 270 pages long; it was originally released in 1969. This book has been described as a semi-autobiographical, anti-war science fiction book. This book report will summarize the events of Vonnegut’s novel, and analyze its themes. The narrative in Slaughterhouse Five jumps around chronologically. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is unstuck in time. In one chapter he will relive many parts of his life. This summary will attempt to follow the events in a mostly chronological order. Most of this book is a third person narration following Billy Pilgrim. However, the author, Vonnegut, narrates…show more content…
He was always a weakling and complacent. After high school he trains to be an optometrist, but is drafted to be a soldier in World War 2. After being trained as a chaplian’s assistant, he joins the army in Luxembourg. After the battle of bulge, he meets Ronald Weary and has his first experience of time shifting. His entire life appears in one sweep before his eyes. The Germans capture him and Ronald. They arrive in a German POW camp, where Billy again relives different parts of his timeline, after being given a shot of morphine. After they are moved to Dresden. In a traumatic event for Billy, Dresden is bombed. He, and other POW’s survive in a meat…show more content…
He completes optometry school, and becomes engaged. Billy breaks down and is committed into a veteran’s hospital. While receiving treatment there, he meets a veteran who shows him the books of Kilgore Trout. Kilgore trout has inventive sci-fi stories, although he is not a great writer. Billy gets married, and because of his wealthy stepfather, grows rich in the optometrist business. He also becomes president of the Lions Club. During his18th wedding anniversary, the optometrist barbershop quartet traumatizes him, reminding him of Dresden. Later the novel jumps to when Billy is taken by the Tralfamadorians, though he already knew it was going to happen. He briefly stays in a clear dome in a zoo. They also mate him with an actress named Montana Wild hack. She has a baby with Billy. One of the importances of the Tralfamadorians, is there perception of time and lack of free will. Time exists in one place for them in the 4th dimension, but they are tied down to each moment that happens. This is a parallel to Billy Pilgrim. It is stated in the book that,” Among the things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future.” When someone is dead, they are also alive in a different moment. When he is back on earth in 1968 he wants to share his insights. He is the only survivor of a plane crash full of optometrists. After, he is operated on in a Vermont hospital. His desperate wife dies on the way to see him. Billy has
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