Slaughterhouse-Five: Chapter Analysis

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One of the longest chapters in Slaughterhouse-Five is the fifth chapter; it contains more than thirteen time travels. In the previous chapters Billy has traveled back and forth through the 1940’s to his childhood experiences with his father in Grand Canyon, then Billy took a very short trip through time and found himself back in the war and his life after the war. In this chapter the reader sees Billy for the first time in his childhood, through a flashback. Somehow Vonnegut is still able to incorporate death on Billy’s family trip, which brings forth the “so it goes” once again.

Throughout the other chapters Billy has traveled through time only when he blinks or closes his eyes; however, in this chapter the events change through the darkness
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