Senseless Violence In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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In the novel Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Billy Pilgrim experiences time differently from any other person. Instead of experiencing time in a linear fashion, Billy jumps randomly throughout all of the events in his life. It is this random experience of time that allows Vonnegut to enforce the themes of senseless violence and the illusion of choice. Billy first comes unstuck in time during his military service in World War II. It is after this point when he begins to experience time randomly. When Billy arrives home from the war, he believes he is taken by aliens called the Tralfamadorians. They teach him that all time exists at once and there is no such thing as death. Billy takes this to heart and adopts their expression “so it

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