Slaughterhouse Five Critical Analysis

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Lilia Bieker
M. Segovia
AP English IV - 7th
1 April 2018
Vonnegut’s Perspective in Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut’s work, Slaughterhouse five, is a story of Billy Pilgrim, for the most part a non-heroic character, who goes through a violent and ever changing experience when drafted into the army as an American soldier for World War II. Experiencing the harsh bombings of Dresden, Germany, Billy survives and is stuck living a life in which he “travels” back and forth in time, visiting his past, present, and future in burstful, out of sequence moments. With the help of psychoanalytic criticism, Vonnegut guides his own point of view through Billy Pilgrim, to express his strong opinion of deromanticizing war. Vonnegut expresses that men are stripped of their innocence and humanity by the nature of war. By using Billy Pilgrim as a mirror character not only can he project his anti-war ideas, but address his own experience of being in the war himself. Through utilizing continuous phrases, mock-serious tone,
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He put on the little overcoat, too. It split up the back, and, at the shoulders, the sleeves came entirely free. So the coat became a fur-collared vest. It was meant to flare at its owner 's waist, but the flaring took place at Billy 's armpits. The Germans found him to be one of the most screamingly funny things they had seen in all of World War II. They laughed and laughed.” (Vonnegut, 90)
Kurt includes this dark humor to contradict the importance of war and emphasize the absurdness of how war really is. How Billy Pilgrim is completely unbothered by the clothes he is given to wear and clueless as to why the German soldiers are laughing mocks the seriousness of war itself. War is seen as a prideful journey that soldiers endure and Vonnegut creates these implications to add an embarrassing humor. This shows Vonnegut’s intentions of showing how war is not all that it seems and how it breaks down a person’s self-esteem and

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