What Is The Theme Of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. follows Billy Pilgrim, a time traveler in World War II. This historical science fiction is based on Vonnegut’s own experiences in the war, making it startlingly realistic for a book on time travel. Billy Pilgrim has a rather unique life. Frequently becoming “unstuck in time”, Billy can go from war to a birthday fifty years later to alien planet and back to war again. This results in a comical look on life from Billy where nothing ends. Because Billy Pilgrim experiences time differently, he has witnessed his death multiple times, as well as his birth, and every experience in between in no particular order. Because of this, there is nothing for Billy to learn. This omniscient trait makes Billy an interesting main character. It is an effective way to detach the reader from the story, but still make them care about what happens.…show more content…
enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. While a prisoner of war, he witnessed the bombings of Dresden in 1945. He survived the bombings by hiding in a meat locker the Germans called Schlachthof Fünf, Slaughterhouse Five. It is obvious that these memories influenced the book, including the theme. Most of Vonnegut’s books carry a theme of peace, probably because of Vonnegut’s experiences in the war. Slaughterhouse-Five describes the death and destruction of the Dresden bombings not as a necessary war tactic (although mentioned as such later in the book), but a horrifying event that affected too many innocent people. Slaughterhouse-Five acts as a different point of view on the war, not just highlighting the glory of it all. By illustrating the Dresden bombings in such a personal manner, Vonnegut lays down an underlying warning against
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