Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

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Roland Weary is a prime example of Kurt Vonnegut pointing out the glorification of war. Weary saves Billy Pilgrim's life many times not out of the greater good, but to fulfil his perception that he is a war hero. "He don't want to live, but he's gonna live anyway. When he gets out of this, by God, he's gonna owe his life to the three musketeers" (Vonnegut 61). He saves Billy despite his resistence because he believes he's owed something for doing so, that he deserves praise for not letting Billy die. Even in his final moments, Weary refuses to see war for what it is and instead places all blame on Billy, who discouraged Weary from saving him at all. Weary blames Billy because if he didn't, he'd have to accept that it was all for nothing, that there is no real honor in destruction. Body 2: (Topic Sentence/Quote with page#/Analysis) * / 0 …show more content…

When talking about the peaceful state of their world the Tralfamadorians say, "Today we do. On other days we have wars as horrible as any you've ever seen or read about. There isn't anything we can do about them, so we ignore them" (Vonnegut 150). The Tralfamadorians are aware, and always have been, that they'll have horrible wars and times of destruction, yet they do nothing to try to change it. When Billy asks why they don't try to prevent the end of the universe, they simply say that is the way the moment is structured. Billy eventually accepts the views of the Tralfamadorians as the lack of free will is prevalent is his life. He is drafted against his will to participate in a war he has no drive to fight in. He has a notable lack of training, is innapropriately dressed as Cinderella, is generally indifferent about his survival, and yet manages to live while those around him

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