Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse- five because he needed a response to war. The whole novel shows of a man struggling to keep himself together in a horrible time. The structure of the book is scattered due to the fact of his time travel and alien abductions throughout the novel. Vonnegut wrote the book to help make sense of the experiences he went through, which were extremely traumatic considering he was a prisoner of war. He had severe PTSD from his experiences and needed to transport himself from the horrors in his head. He used the ability to put himself elsewhere mentally to escape the horrors surrounding him. Writing the novel had allowed him to express his fears through the life trials he approached. Vonnegut wrote the book to make terms
By showing how corruption in a dystopian society can be affected towards power becoming unequal and directed towards one person in a society . Having the power to do what you want makes a dystopian society suffer in unfairness towards the individual. For example, Harrison Bergeron wanted to diverge from tradition yet when he tried he was killed for his efforts. Thus, Vonnegut understands how authority and control can be a part of a dystopian society because people rebel against society to make the structure fair and to take initiative in controlling the individual
When Slaughterhouse Five was published, the Vietnam War was ongoing. The American public did not fully support the war, as can be seen through the vast amount of protests against the war, and more specifically, the draft. The people were also against the amount of money this war was costing the country, up to $25 billion a year (History Channel). Vonnegut enlisted in the military, and fought in WWII. He was captured after the Battle of the Bulge, and managed to escape during the Firebombing of Dresden (Kurt Vonnegut Biography).
25,000 people died when the Allied forces dropped incendiary devices over Dresden, Germany. After surviving this, Kurt Vonnegut was forced to clean up the charred bodies. Although the term did not specifically enter the english language until after the publishing of Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of what he witnessed there. Most people who suffer from PTSD use common coping techniques some are simply in denial, some stay in an emotional state of uneasiness, while others result to self-harm. Vonnegut uses the novel as a coping mechanism to find new ways to handle the disorder.
Vonnegut’s writings and views on the world were the results of his childhood and time at war which left scars and memories in the mind of Vonnegut which shaped who he was as a person. Mentions of Vonnegut throughout the literature world acclaim him for his unique voice and thoughts on heavy topics. His ability to make readers think about present issues while still understanding the material is what personalized his works. Vonnegut is seen as one of the greatest authors in history and his works are studied and reviewed throughout the modern school curriculum. Without Vonnegut literature would have never been the same, he is one of the most influential and sensational writers of all
The cold and dark night inside a confined space underground. Restless on the cold hard floor beside various types of meat, some hanging, forming silhouettes that resemble that of a human. A personal experience that traumatized the famous writer Kurt Vonnegut. For twenty years he refrains from writing about his story of World War II. When the time comes he writes the novel with an inspired title from his event in the freezer, Slaughterhouse-Five.
The Kurt Vonnegut Mentality Kurt Vonnegut is an author that isn’t afraid to question and critique major establishments. Vonnegut question those intentions of religion, whether they are in reality working in good faith or in dehumanizing people and taking away from their ability to grow and have their own opinions. In his works, Vonnegut doesn’t steer clear from examining the pointlessness of warfare, the ability to escape your current reality, religion and the immoral aspects of science. Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron and his novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle were all works that were inspired and reflected off events in his life. The decline of his mental health, his wife turning to Christianity, the growing political and
Kurt Vonnegut’s style of diction is abstract and neutral throughout the novel of “Slaughterhouse Five”. The following is an example of this: “I took two little girls with me, my daughter, Nanny, and her best friend, Allison Mitchell. They had never been off Cape Cod before. When we saw a river, we had to stop so they could stand by it and think about it for a while. They had never seen water in that long and narrow, unsalted form before.
Throughout Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut intertwines reality and fiction to provide the reader with an anti-war book in a more abstract form. To achieve this abstraction, Kurt Vonnegut utilizes descriptive images, character archetypes, and various themes within the novel. By doing so, he created a unique form of literature that causes the reader to separate reality from falsehood in both their world, and in the world within Vonnegut’s mind. Vonnegut focuses a lot on the characters and their actions in “Slaughterhouse Five.”
People are influenced by the events that surround them. Individuals transform into a product of their environment and experiences of the time. The literature and art often reflects the time period in which it is written in, and Vonnegut’s novel is no exception. The novel takes place during World War II, but is written during the time of the Vietnam War. With the Vietnam War, came a lot of anti-war propaganda.
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut is the story of Billy Pilgrim, a cowardly chaplain assistant in World War II who has become "unstuck in time”. His story is told starting in WWII when he is captured as a German Prisoner of War and taken to a slaughterhouse. Billy witnesses first hand the violence of the war when he as his fellow prisoners are forced to clean up the aftermath of the Dresden firebombing. Once returning back to New York, Billy forgets about all the events that occurred during the war, only being able to recall vague details. He goes on the go to optometry school, marry his wife, Valencia, have two children, and survive a plane crash.
This was ironic because the act of making the Americans stay in slaughterhouses was meant to be a degrading punishment, comparing them to animals, but it saved their lives. Those who were not supposed to be getting punished were among the thousands of people killed in the air raid. By writing about this event in history and the people who lived compared to those who died, Vonnegut could further display the lack of logic found in
The creative ways Kurt Vonnegut intertwined the novels aspects to the bombing allowed for extreme emphasis and attention to be focused on the important event. The story of the Dresden air raid is not often told but through a different science fiction outlet Vonnegut was able to bring attention to the event. The significance of this somewhat ordinary science fiction novel is brought to life by the anti war message and details about World War