Inevitable Death In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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In the book slaughterhouse five by Kurt vonnegut, there are many deaths that contribute to the book’s meaning as a whole, it represents how death is something that takes place in everyone's lives. Vonnegut writes “so it goes” after every death or near death experience that a character in the book encounters to show how inevitable death is. Vonnegut explains, “The plane crashed on top of sugarbush mountain, in vermont. Everybody was killed but Billy. So it goes” (25). Vonnegut says “So it goes” to somehow make the impact of death seem simple and calm which makes readers really think about what death means to them. Death happens everyday but not always around us, it doesn't seem to affect those who don’t experience it often like Billy or Vonnegut. We as people know that death is inevitable one day, but do we really consider how often it actually happens around us. While Billy was recovering from the plane crash, his wife dies. “ His wife died accidentally of…show more content…
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.”
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