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    Title: Slaughterhouse-Five Author: Kurt Vonnegut Thesis: Throughout KVs SF, he describes in matter of fact way the psychological impact/effects of the devastation of war and death upon Billy Pilgrim and how he handles it. Through the exploration of Billy Pilgrim’s detached and indifferent thoughts, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five illustrates the coping mechanisms of a World War II veteran with post traumatic stress disorder. Paragraph: When reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut,

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    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, Vonnegut states

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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

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    Slaughterhouse Five, or the Children Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut, is a science-fiction novel that tells a tale of a gawky World War II soldier. This story conveys important themes that are crucial to the plot of the story, one theme that is prevalent throughout the story is Warfare. Vonnegut horrific war experience inspires him to write a story on the magnitude of war. In the novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut writes a story about an outwardly anti-war hero named Billy Pilgrim. Kurt Vonnegut

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    “PTSD,” is a mental disease that develops in those who have experienced a traumatizing or dangerous event and it affects an estimated 6.8% of Americans in their lifetime (National Institute of Mental Health, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”). 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 by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and is abducted by them. Because he also thinks

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    What was the message of Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Through The Theme of War. In Slaughterhouse five, Kurt Vonnegut uses the theme of war though the character of Billy, to show how war can desensitized one’s emotion, how it is senseless and immoral. Through the violence and death of war, Kurt Vonnegut shows the reader how the innocence of Billy is lost. “We were foolish virgins in the war, right at the end of childhood,” ( ). The word “virgins,” in this context means that Billy was innocent

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    How Slaughterhouse Five came to grow on me is actually quite simple. I looked at the book from a different perspective and paid more attention to details. In some books details are what drive the books success. The book is an insight into what Kurt Vonnegut thinks about the human experience, however though you must look into the details to find these ideas. The human experience insight is found in the tralfamadorians. However, I think that Vonnegut uses the aliens to say how he really feels about

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    Vonnegut as the author and narrator of the novel removes the doubt in the first chapter that not everything we read in Slaughterhouse-Five is true through the first words of the novel: “All this happened, more or less.” This opening line introduce the readers with Vonnegut story mixed with real and fictional events, a future which is blurred by past, time jumps from inner space and outer space and even human ethics verses extraterrestrial morals. Vonnegut managed to create a collision of these strange

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    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 by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and abducted by them. He also thinks that

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    The Horrors of War and More This book report is over Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. This book was published by Dial Press Trade paperbacks and is 270 pages long; it was originally released in 1969. This book has been described as a semi-autobiographical, anti-war science fiction book. This book report will summarize the events of Vonnegut’s novel, and analyze its themes. The narrative in Slaughterhouse Five jumps around chronologically. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is unstuck in time

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    Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five serves to be a metaphorically rich memoir hidden behind the fictional story of Billy Pilgrim who is “stuck in time”. This unhinging of time contributes to the ways Billy copes with the unimaginable mass destruction and belligerence he witnesses in Dresden during World War II. Vonnegut’s use of satire and obvious anti-war sentiment furnishes the hostility towards the dismal Vietnam War, causing audiences to question the militarism of the United States at this time

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    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

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    In the book slaughterhouse five, Billy Pilgrim mentions a character, Roland Weary. Weary was the most favorable person back home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In fact, he was unpopular because he was stupid, fat, mean and smelled like bacon “no matter how much he washed”(44). Which leads to Weary always ended up being ditched and him portraying his feelings in acts of violence. Seeing that Weary is repeatedly being rejected in his society and left alone, it contributes to him growing up repressed

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    Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is the tale of a gawky World War II veteran/soldier, Billy Pilgrim. His wartime experiences and their effects lead him to the ultimate conclusion that war is unexplainable. To portray this effectively, 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

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    narrator, both speakers can be said to share similar narrative voices, and adopt similar techniques. Both Sinai and the omniscient narrator of ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ are extremely intrusive in terms of their styles of narration; interrupting their stories in order to throw in their own real-time opinions, thoughts or observations, such as the narrator of Slaughterhouse-Five’s declaration of “That was I. That was me” when Billy Pilgrim arrives in Dresden, having been seated in front of the speaker in their

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    On the other hand, Billy gets away with keeping a diamond. It is worth considering the fact that Vonnegut finished Slaughterhouse-Five more than twenty years after the war was over so we should not forget the fact that Vonnegut always writes from the survivor’s point of view, many years away from the fury of the war and he has the accommodation to laugh, to satirize, ironies

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    Themes in various amounts of stories can range from love to death. While themes portray the central idea of the story; they figure out the theme of the story you can discover many secrets the author describes throughout the story. In Slaughterhouse Five, the main character as described as “stuck in time” which would make you wonder why. Certainly Vonnegut distributes a variety of literary elements to capture the central theme of the story using setting, conflict, and symbolism to show that time is

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    In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, journeys through space and time reliving the tragedies of World War Two and of the postmodern world where structure and the self are lost. Billy’s typology of INFP allows him to find a fragment of meaning and purpose in a post-war 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

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    The Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel written by Kurt Vonnegut back in 1969. Throughout the novel, he explores the experiences concerning the world War two during a time when he served as an American soldier. In the novel, Billy Pilgrim’s story is entirely used to explore the majority of the novel’s ideas regarding life and war. For instance, his close connection with Billy places him in a better position to highlight various traumatic occurrences as well as human responses. On the other hand

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    The next example of Intertexuality Vonnegut chose to incorporate in Slaughterhouse-Five proves acceptance of war and death as inevitable part of life. Serenity prayer is used twice in the novel: firstly it appears as a framework hanging on Billy’s office wall and for the second time Vonnegut sees it on the inside a chain locket hanging around Montana Wildhack’s neck. Vonnegut’s incidental incorporation of visual materials puts him at the beginning of more recent experimentations in intermediality

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