In Kurt Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse-Five he introduces the reader to biblical, literary, and historical references. One of the first references alludes to the Bible. Vonnegut writes about how “Lot's wife… was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back…[so] she was turned into a pillar of salt”(Vonnegut 21-2). Lot’s wife looked back at the destruction of Sodom because she simply could not help not looking at all of the lives that were taken. Vonnegut references this particular story from the Bible in his first chapter because he is about to look back at Dresden: evil and destruction. Vonnegut looked back at the fiery pits of war by writing Slaughterhouse-Five. Although Cinderella and Billy …show more content…
Kurt Vonnegut uses strong forms of imagery through his book. During the war, Billy suffered greatly; the nights in Dresden were cold and lonely. The most important form of imagery is visual; Vonnegut explains how, “Billy got out of bed in the moonlight. He felt spooky and luminous, felt as though he were wrapped in cool fur that was full of static electricity. He looked down at his bare feet. They were ivory and blue” (Vonnegut 72). Vonnegut utilizes strong visual words to create a clear picture of the cool and somber night. The most unsettling description was of Billy’s feet; their color is corpse like, yet he is alive. Vonnegut describes them in that way to show that life and death are closely related. Vonnegut not only uses visual imagery, but also olfactory. As Billy cleans up the rotting cadavers, Vonnegut describes them by saying they “rotted and liquefied, and the stink was like roses and mustard gas”(Vonnegut 214). Roses and mustard gas are distinct smells; one brings memories of love, and the other of war. The description of something smelling like roses and mustard gas appears three times. The putrid smell is a symbol for the memories of war during Billy’s life, and the roses serve as a reminder of the great times while he fought. The last example of imagery is when Billy describes Tralfamadorians to the newspaper; he says they are, “two feet high, and green, and shaped like plumber’s friends. …show more content…
The nonpareil example is the epigraph that reads, “Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt”(Vonnegut 122). Vonnegut utilizes extreme words such as “Everything” and “Nothing” to make it obvious to the audience that he was not being serious. It is ironic that Billy chose that epigraph because his life has been miserable. Vonnegut continues to make up words or sounds, one of them being “Poo-tee-wee”(Vonnegut 215). The sound or word serves to ask an unanswerable question: why war? Vonnegut repeats this sound twice in the book, making sure to place it in just the right place. The last example is also extreme in in word choice. While in the hospital, Billy’s roommate believed that only the strong should survive, but “the staff…[believed] that nobody should die”(Vonnegut 193). Again, Vonnegut uses the word nobody to be extreme, and to satirize people who think death should not occur. Death is natural and inevitable. Everyone is dying at this moment, yet everyone is still
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The author, Brent Runyon, was very skilled at incorporating all of the small details into the novel. One example of his detail is, “…if human beings have souls, that maybe the souls are in their eyes. That maybe that’s what the color is. Their souls.” (Runyon
This passage from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, takes place on the planet of Tralfamadore, where the tralfamadorian is talking about the concept of free will, which is apparently, unique to earthlings. The passage goes on to further say that out of hundreds of planets, only on earth does the idea of free will exist. This passage argues that faith is futile, due to our lack of control of situations that occur around us. The tralfamadorian cannot understand the concept of free will. Free will, is the ability to make one’s own choices, however Slaughterhouse Five suggests throughout the novel, that free will, is not as free thinking as what was once thought.
Visible imagery is used when O’Brien describes the man’s corpse, he describes the man in great detail which humanizes the Vietnamese soldier. The more the protagonist describes the man, the more the feeling of regret and guilt sets into the reader and it makes the effects of war more daunting. The author also touches kinesthetic imagery by making the reader feel for the author when he begins to create the corpse’s backstory. The readers feels sympathy for O’Brien because he is already consumed with guilt and pain. In the story, O’Brien reflects his own life onto the Vietnamese soldier and the reader sees that.
Porter uses figurative imagery and bombast language to illustrate to her audience what Granny visualized. For example, “Then Hapsy melted from within and turned flimsy as gray gauze and the baby was a gauzy shadow (Porter)…” Using the phrase “gray gauze” illustrates, perhaps, what Granny has seen in her hallucination. Furthermore, Porter uses figurative imagery like “Where were you forty years ago when I pulled through milk leg and double pneumonia (Porter)”? This was a further indication of Granny’s former independence and strength, portrayed by Porter’s use of figurative
Mrs. Schachter (the lady) started seeing fires after she got split up from her family. She didn’t know what was going to happen to her kids and her husband, all she knew is that she was split up. In this book fire symbolizes death. Mrs. Schachter saw fire constantly and it tormented her. Not being able to know the whereabouts of one's family can eat someone from the inside out.
The prisoners of War were placed in hundreds of the camps in towns all across the America. The prisoners had their own unique experience. Some of the prisoners enjoyed their time in America. However, There were other prisoners who did not enjoy their time in America they were waiting for the day to come when they could return home to their families. During the wars the prisoners who were sent to POWs camps were treated differently by gender.
Themes in various amounts of stories can range from love to death. While themes portray the central idea of the story; they figure out the theme of the story you can discover many secrets the author describes throughout the story. In Slaughterhouse Five, the main character as described as “stuck in time” which would make you wonder why. Certainly Vonnegut distributes a variety of literary elements to capture the central theme of the story using setting, conflict, and symbolism to show that time is the theme.
It brings the reader's into a world of war and death and makes it normal; Many people see death as a bad thing, if they read this book they would be able to see how uncontrollable it is. Vonnegut writes billy as a very quiet, shy person who experiences about as much death as he had in his lifetime. Death and war are both things that no one can control, death happens to everyone one way or another and it’s how you see death that determines how you react to it. In the war Vonnegut and Billy both experience tremendous amounts of lose in such a little amount of time and when you experience that you are no longer in a state of mind where you feel as though death is unnatural and a horrible thing. they simply know what they can’t control and say this “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom always to tell the difference.”
Throughout the novel, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, very memorable, powerful and important sections stand out. These sections help move the plot forward, establish or continue the prevailing theme or help the reader learn more about a certain character. One example is; after bearing witness to the Iron Sister, Saul laments the lack of charity, hostility and destructivity of St. Jerome’s, when he says, “When your innocence is stripped from you, when your people are denigrated, when the family you came from is denounced and your tribal ways and rituals are pronounced backward, primitive, savage, you come to see yourself as less than human. That is hell on earth, that sense of unworthiness. That’s what they inflicted on us” (81).
Kurt Vonnegut’s style of diction is abstract and neutral throughout the novel of “Slaughterhouse Five”. The following is an example of this: “I took two little girls with me, my daughter, Nanny, and her best friend, Allison Mitchell. They had never been off Cape Cod before. When we saw a river, we had to stop so they could stand by it and think about it for a while. They had never seen water in that long and narrow, unsalted form before.
Throughout Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut intertwines reality and fiction to provide the reader with an anti-war book in a more abstract form. To achieve this abstraction, Kurt Vonnegut utilizes descriptive images, character archetypes, and various themes within the novel. By doing so, he created a unique form of literature that causes the reader to separate reality from falsehood in both their world, and in the world within Vonnegut’s mind. Vonnegut focuses a lot on the characters and their actions in “Slaughterhouse Five.”
History does not always convey the absolute truth. It offers only one side of the story. The strong and powerful voices always drown out the sounds of the weak and beaten. The winner’s word will always be taken over the loser’s. The content that lies within the textbooks was not written by the defeated.
When someone believes that it’s possible to time travel and get abducted by aliens, they clearly have a mental disorder. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, though it is a fictitious novel, it contains serious and real content. It has its sadistic humor, but it is truly a war story where the outcomes are not good. The protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is said to be unstuck in time and is abducted by aliens. Though, there is a lot against the reality of that.
Storytelling has been the epitome of human expression for thousands of years. Along with musicians and artists, talented storytellers use their work to share ideas with others, often in an effort to evoke emotion or to persuade people to think similarly. Every element in a story is carefully crafted by the author in order to communicate a desired message to his or her audience. In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut incorporates irony into the story to express his belief that fighting wars is illogical.
Dresden was one of the world’s most beautiful cities full of life and culture up until the Dresden bombing that destroyed innocent civilian lives and burned the historic town of Dresden to ashes during World War II. The bombings, resulting from the ongoing war is named the worst civilian casualty bombings and the most questioned. The bombs dropped by the Allies were unexplained because the bombs were not aimed at any war material headquarters or at a base of any Axis powers. The Dresden bombings were a catastrophic unnecessary point of attack. In Kurt Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse-Five, the Dresden bombings are discussed as well as highly influencing to the book as a whole.