Slaughterhouse Five Or The Children's Crusade By Kurt Vonnegut Irony

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Meztli Gomez Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut “The irony is so great. A whole city gets burned down, and thousands and thousands of people are killed. And then this one American foot soldier is arrested in the ruins for taking a teapot. And he’s given a regular trial, and then he’s shot by a firing squad” (Vonnegut 11) 1. The story begins with this ironic short story of one of the events that happened while they were at war. 2. Basically a city named Dresden is getting burned down and a soldier steals a teapot from ruins and even though a lot of people are suffering at the moment and in desperation they choose to focus on the soldier stealing the teapot, give him a fair trial and then shoot him. 3. The purpose of this quote is to show the irony of how bad this war is and yet people choose to focus on the soldier stealing a…show more content…
He stated how people who actually understood it hated it anyone else who said war was cool or enjoyed war had not taken part in it and had no idea what they were saying. 3. Slaughterhouse Five is an anti-war book. Who better to understand the horrors that war brought. 4. It makes sense for people to detest war but what does not make sense is for people to love war and encourage it. "If what Billy Pilgrim learned from the Tralfamadorians is true, that we will all live forever, no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be, I am not overjoyed. Still--if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, I'm grateful that so many of those moments are nice." 1. Tralfamadorians are made up extraterrestrials by Billy Pilgrim in which he chooses to resort to after he is emotionally sick as a consequence of the war and here Vonnegut expresses his thinking on their philosophy. 2. Vonnegut is saying you can't worry about what’s happening before or after you have to worry about what you are doing now. 3. Vonnegut chose to represent modern children crusaders through Billy Pilgrim’s character and role in the
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