Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, journeys through space and time reliving the tragedies of World War Two and of the postmodern world where structure and the self are lost. Billy’s typology of INFP allows him to find a fragment of meaning and purpose in a post-war world with help from the Tralfamadorians, alien creatures living billions of miles from Earth, who abduct Billy. Billy’s intuitive nature expands his understanding of purpose and assuages his notion of death. This proves to be crucial during the Dresden bombings, when Billy leaves the slaughterhouse to discover a city savaged by the United States air force leaving over one hundred thousand civilians dead. While his perceiver characteristic inhibits his soldiery success, and at times puts…show more content…
When talking with his wife, performing for the Tralfamadorians, or assisting his favorite author, Billy always considers his emotions alongside the emotions of those he is interacting with. In an enclosed dome, on the planet of Tralfamadore, Billy sat naked. Surrounding the enclosure were thousands of Tralfamadorians, they eyes glued to Billy, “interested in his body---all of it.” However, Billy was not startled or distressed, rather he interacted with the Tralfamadorians, “he was used to the crowd (142).” In pandering to the desires of the Tralfamadorians, Billy exhibits the feeling ideal of responding to people’s, or in this case, and alien race’s, values. Furthermore, after sitting on his lounge chair, Billy went to the bathroom, and, consequently, “the crowd went wild (143).” His decision to go to the bathroom and dramatically draw the attention of the Tralfamadorians matches a feelers people pleaser personality. He knew the reaction he would receive, and overextended himself to ensure the happiness of the
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