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Tralfamadorians In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse

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Humans have always believed that aliens exist. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-five or The Children’s Crusade explores a new civilization named the Tralfamadorians. Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist of this novel, describes these creatures as “two feet high, and green, and shaped like plumber's friends. […] The creatures were friendly, and they could see in four dimensions. They pitied Earthlings for being able to see only three” (26). Mr. Pilgrim says that these beings would be able to teach earthling many new things, mainly about time. Tralfamadorians have a different view of existence then humans. Most of the Tralfamadorian views could be used by humans. This novel suggest that humans should take these views into account and follow some, but not all of them. Tralfamadorians have several views of existence; one of them, is that a person should only “concentrate on the happy moments of [their] life, and to ignore the unhappy ones-to stare only at pretty things as eternity failed to go by” (194-195). Although, this is a very good piece of advice, the Tralfamadorians give to Billy, it is still a bit naïve since Tralfamadorians also believe, “that when a person dies…show more content…
Humans would not be able to distinguish this sexes since their differences are in the fourth dimension. According to the Tralfamadorians, Earth has no less “than seven sexes on Earth, each essential to reproduction” (114). There explanation of these seven sexes is “that there could be no Earthling babies without male homosexuals […], without women over sixty-five years old […, and] other babies who had lived an hour or less after birth” (114). But, babies could exist without “female homosexuals […and] men over sixty-five” (114). What they mean is that there cannot be one birth without the death of another and that everything happens for a
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