Dresden Essays

  • Who Bombed Dresden

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    bombing of Dresden took place at the end of the World War II, three months before the war ended, in Germany’s seventh largest city just seven miles behind the eastern Front (Vonnegut).  The bombing began February 13, 1945 and lasted the duration of two months ending April 17th. Official narratives in comparison to other official narratives, critics differ in the legitimacy and purpose of the attack and the level of destruction. Written accounts suggest that the allies bombed Dresden for three possible

  • The Dresden Bombing In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    Dresden was one of the world’s most beautiful cities full of life and culture up until the Dresden bombing that destroyed innocent civilian lives and burned the historic town of Dresden to ashes during World War II. The bombings, resulting from the ongoing war is named the worst civilian casualty bombings and the most questioned. The bombs dropped by the Allies were unexplained because the bombs were not aimed at any war material headquarters or at a base of any Axis powers. The Dresden bombings

  • Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    world with help from the Tralfamadorians, alien creatures living billions of miles from Earth, who abduct Billy. Billy’s intuitive nature expands his understanding of purpose and assuages his notion of death. This proves to be crucial during the Dresden bombings, when Billy leaves the slaughterhouse to discover a city savaged by the United States air force leaving over one hundred thousand civilians dead. While his perceiver characteristic inhibits his soldiery success, and at times puts

  • The Role Of Love In The Dresden Files

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    individuals are convinced that love is that of one who entrusts in a higher power. In the Dresden Files one can see that there are aspects of science, religion, and magic connecting with love. Love, or the lack of, has the ability to convince one to change his or her actions as well as helping overcoming any situation through the works of science, religion, and magic. Throughout the whole episode of The Dresden Files love helps change the character’s mind. To start, toward the beginning of the episode

  • Irony In Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    In order to finish his Dresden novel, Vonnegut for more than 23 years searched for a new point of view to convey the horror that took place in Dresden and the war in general he even went further breaking the conventional mode of narration to fit his story. Even though Dresden bombing happened more than twenty years before Vonnegut wrote the book, the fact that 23 years have passed after the war was over doesn’t minimize the difficulties of those who experienced it, recalling such traumatic expediencies

  • Slaughterhouse-Five Themes

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    SlaughterHouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. has a strong, recurring theme of how disastrous war is and the effects it has on a person. In this novel's case, Billy Pilgrim and even the narrator are showing obvious signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although this topic is quite serious in some situations, Billy Pilgrim doesn't seem to know he has this disorder and his thoughts and actions are comical at times. The idea of traveling to a distant planet named Tralfamadore is very unlikely and its

  • Slaughterhouse Five Themes

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    Vonnegut writes a story about an outwardly anti-war hero named Billy Pilgrim. Kurt Vonnegut uses the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, to express his belief on war. From beginning to end Vonnegut criticizes war particularly “ the Bombing of Dresden. The Bombing of Dresden was a traumatic experience for Kurt Vonnegut as it plays a major role on his

  • Slaughterhouse Five Theme Essay

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    present, and the future. The central point of this story; however, is in a city of Germany called Dresden. On the night of February 13, 1945, Allied bombers dropped incendiary bombs on Dresden, creating a firestorm that destroyed the city (Source Cox, F. Brett). Billy, the main character, describes his experience before, during, and after these bombings took place. From the wondrous moments of scouring Dresden, to being captured alive by

  • Dresden In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    condition. Slaughterhouse Five, taking place around WWII involves many places, one main one being Dresden. It is seen by many as one of the greatest man made disasters in history and was oddly caused by allied forces. As horrible as it might be, Kurt Vonnegut says at the beginning of his book that “I thought, too, that [the book about Dresden] would be a masterpiece―But not many words about Dresden came from my mind then ― And not many come to mind now…” (Vonnegut 2). Having forgotten one of the

  • Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Analysis

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    Kurt Vonnegut’s classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five is a semi-autobiographical story about the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The novel follows Billy Pilgrim, an American prisoner of war, as he travels through time experiencing events before, during, and after the bombing. The writing style is odd because the author struggled writing directly about such a tragic event with such high death tolls. Throughout the novel, Kurt Vonnegut openly bends, breaks, and ignores the conventional

  • Warfare In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    “Slaughterhouse-Five” Kurt Vonnegut writes a story about an anti-war hero named Billy Pilgrim. Kurt Vonnegut uses the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, to express his belief in war. From beginning to end Vonnegut criticizes war particularly “ the Bombing of Dresden. Vonnegut despises war, he believes that war has no purpose and the idea of glorifying it is nonsense. His belief in war is the factor for him writing Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children Crusade as an anti-war novel. The most significant event Vonnegut

  • Slaughterhouse Five War Analysis

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    Vonnegut presents the story in two dimensions: historical and science-fiction. The irrationality of war is emphasised in each dimension by contrast in its comic and tragic elements. The historical seriousness of the battle of the bulge and bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humour; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to show his incredibly serious fatalistic views. The surprising variations of the seriousness and light-heatedness

  • Free Will And Morality In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    Have you ever wondered whether the universe is fated or free-willed? Kurt Vonnegut carries the same curiosity written Slaughterhouse Five. By talking about the experiences of Billy Pilgrim and the Tralfamadorians narrator not only satirizes the issues of free will and fatalism but also discuss the inevitability of war. By using black humor, narrator created an ironic way to tell readers that not many people in the world have any kind of choice in determining their own life. “The dog, who had sounded

  • Symbolism In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

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    A jabbering bird makes an appearance a few times and asks the question “Poo-tee-weet?” There are no words to describe the horrors of Dresden and war in general. The bird symbolizes that lack of anything worth saying while asking a question that has no answer. Some more animals that hold some meaning are the horses that draw the carriage through Dresden after the bombing. They are desperately thirsty and their hooves have cracked and bloodied so that every step is torture. The horses are almost

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

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    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

  • PTSD In Slaughterhouse-Five

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    within the novel and then by having the character narrate another novel, Vonnegut, the author, creates a frame narrative that twice removes him from the main action of the story. Since Vonnegut removes himself from the action, especially the scene at Dresden, he is able to cope with the traumatic incidents. Another way that coping with PTSD is shown in Slaughterhouse-Five, is worded by Chabot, who writes, “…Slaughterhouse-Five is something of a Tralfamadorian novel, and it surely meets many of the specifications

  • Kurt Vonnegut Accomplishments

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    in the Military which is very surprising considering he was a pacifist. Vonnegut 's experiences in the military had a very large impact on his writing. Vonnegut was sent to Germany where he was captured by the Germans. Vonnegut was later moved to Dresden, Germany where he survived the firebombing

  • Ptsd In Slaughterhouse Five

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    Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental disease that develops in those who have experienced a scary or dangerous event and it affects an estimated 6.8% of Americans in their lifetime (National Institute of Mental Health, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”). Post-traumatic stress disorder is also abbreviated as “PTSD.” Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, follows Billy Pilgrim, a World War II soldier, on his adventures through both the war and after the war. Pilgrim believes that he is visited

  • Point Of View In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    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

  • Inhumanity In Slaughterhouse Five

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    will mourn. In his novel Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut depicts the inhumanity and danger associated with turning away from discomfort (Tang). As such, Kurt introduces Billy, an individual suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the Dresden bombing, to illustrate the devastating effects of war. From the human perspective, it’s often simple to ignore tragedies, for instance, the occurrence of death. However, Kurt emphasizes on the need to confront misfortunes. In slaughterhouse five,