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  • Vonnegut's Anti War Feelings
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    Though war is a traumatizing and miserable experience, it may also be able to move and inspire people to write a brilliant piece of literature. One example, for instance, is Kurt Vonnegut who may have been stimulated by the war, thus writing Slaughterhouse - Five. Though one may categorize this piece as science fiction or even auto - biographical, it can also be interpreted as an anti - war piece. Because Vonnegut is classified as a post modernist, one can take into account all the details, such...
  • Perfect Sense To Billy
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    Character Analysis Essay Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, is a novel that makes no sense in itself; yet, when put into context individually with today's events, or life's events in general, makes more sense then if it were clearly spelled out within the pages. By using the character of Billy Pilgram, Vonnegut conveys his points with Billy's reactions and common characteristics. Billy Pilgram could not be any more a human then if he was actually walking ...
  • Narrator And Billy Pilgrim
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    Slaughterhouse-Five Critics often suggest that Kurt Vonnegut's novels represent a man's desperate, yet, futile search for meaning in a senseless existence. Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, displays this theme. Kurt Vonnegut uses a narrator, which is different from the main character. He uses this technique for several reasons. Kurt Vonnegut introduces Slaughterhouse Five in the first person. In the second chapter, however, this narrator changes to a mere bystander. Vonnegut does this for a...
  • Billy Pilgrim Story
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    Here is some info on Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922. After attending Cornell University from 1941-43 Vonnegut served in World War II and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. As a prisoner of war, he survived the fire bombing of Dresden by Allied forces on 13 February, 1945 in an underground meat-storage cellar. When he emerged the next morning, Vonnegut was put to work pulling corpses from the ruins of the desolated city once known as ...
  • Slaughterhouse Five As An American Novel
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    Slaughter House - Five as an American Novel Slaughterhouse - Five by Kurt Vonnegut is clearly an American novel. Vonnegut wrote this novel in an attempt to show Americans how they make mistakes as humans, and to do this, he had to link them to the book somehow. He accomplished this by including different aspects of American life, such as the family, the material possessions of Americans, and items that are purely American. By doing this, Vonnegut ensures that the people reading the book will be ...
  • Vonnegut And Billy Pilgrim
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    Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., was written as a general statement against all wars. Vonnegut focuses on the shock and outrage over the havoc and destruction man is capable of wreaking in the name of what he labels a worthy cause, while learning to understand and accept these horrors and one's feelings about them. Through his character, Billy Pilgrim, he conveys not only these feelings and emotions, but also the message that we must exercise our free will to alter the unfortunate hap...
  • Billy And Weary
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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 emphasized in each dimension by contrasts in its comic and tragic elements. The historical seriousness of the Battle of the Bulge and the bombing ...
  • Pilgrim And Vonnegut And Later In Rosewater
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    Post-war Insanity " This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from". Insanity is a major theme in Kurt Vonnegut's life and in turn his novels tend to be a release for his thoughts of mental illness. Vonnegut's characters tend to embody him or at least characteristics of himself. His characters generally suffer from mild insanity and therefore hints that Vonnegut himself is possibly mildly insane. In each of...
  • Vonnegut's Narration
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    Kurt Vonnegut's style Throughout most of Vonnegut's career, he has put little consideration and description into his characters, perhaps as a way to make the reader more interested as to what will happen next, or what will be revealed next about the character. In any case, the character description, or lack thereof, of Kurt Vonnegut is very simple, so he can convey his feelings about the character immediately without having to list every last detail. For example, Vonnegut describes Billy Pilgrim...
  • Billy's Father
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    A Look into the Human Mind In his powerful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut tells of a man named Billy Pilgrim who has become unstuck in time. He walks through a door in 1955 and comes out another in 1941. He crashes in a plane in 1968 and ends up displayed in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore making love to Earth porno-star, Montana Wild hack. He ends up in the cellar of a slaughterhouse when Dresden is bombed to ashes during World War II; Billy, his fellow Americans, and four guards we...
  • Billy Pilgrim
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    Summary of Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, the main character, in chronological order, starting with Billy's capture and imprisonment by Germany during World War II. This story is interspersed with incidents of Billy's life on earth before and after the war, and from his fantasy voyage to the planet Tralfamadore. The plot is somewhat autobiographical, in reference to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. This book has a lot of minor characters. For this reason, only Kurt Vo...
  • Billy Pilgrim
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    Characters Kurt Vonnegut - Plays the role of himself in the first chapter, as he tries to get a grip on the Dresden book he feels the need to write. Appears occasionally in Billy Pilgrim's story as a reminder that he was indeed there. Also appears again at the end, when he returns to Dresden as a tourist. Billy Pilgrim - Pacifistic, wimpy, and passive-natured main character in Vonnegut's Dresden story. Generally seen as a pilgrim in his own haunted past, from which he returns with a message of g...
  • Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
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    The Use of Literary Devices in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five Kurt Vonnegut used many literary devices in his novel Slaughterhouse-five. These different devices serve to carry his varying themes through the story. He uses a system of two narratives that separates himself from the story, also there is the repetition of certain phrases which cycle you through the tale. A major device that is used is non-linear time, which emphasizes Vonnegut cylindrical theories. Within Slaughterhouse-five th...
  • World Of Slaughterhouse Five Billy
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    THE NOVEL - THE PLOT - Billy Pilgrim, like Kurt Vonnegut, was an American soldier in Europe in the last year of World War II. If you come to know a combat veteran well- a veteran of that war, of the Korean War, or of the war in Vietnam- you will almost always find that his war experience was the single most important event in his life. The sights and scars of war remain with the soldier for the rest of his days, and his memories of death and killing help to shape whatever future career he may ma...
  • Billy And Vonnegut
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    Underlying Themes Unveiled in Slaughterhouse-Five Born in 1922, a contemporary novelist named Kurt Vonnegut has achieved great success as a writer in modern society. He got his start in writing during 1948 by contributing his time and efforts to the Short ridge High School student newspaper, the Daily Echo. While attending Cornell University in 1940, Kurt worked on the schools Daily Sun. He joined the U.S. Army two years later. In 1947, Vonnegut worked for the General Electric Corporation as a r...
  • Kurt Vonnegut
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    Kurt Vonnegut, born on November 11, 1922 to Kurt and Edith Vonnegut, spent a majority of his life writing. He based most of his writing on his life experiences, his inner feelings, and social experiments. Vonnegut began writing for his high school newspaper, The Short ridge Daily Echo. His writing eventually blossomed and his main career in writing began. Vonnegut's accounts at Dresden were the basis for his book The Slaughter House FIve. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is a representation of...
  • Billy Pilgrims Theory Regarding Death
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    Explore the use of "So it goes". Is it to be viewed as resignation to the horrors of death Is it Billy's response Vonnegut's Yours So it goes is Billy Pilgrims theory regarding death. He is simply saying that death is no big deal. Since he saw so much death in World War II, and witnessed a bombing two times as worse as Hiroshima, he deals with death much differently than others. Because of everything he has gone through, Billy has become numb to death. It has become a regular situation in his li...
  • B Billy
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    Thesis- To be unstuck in time and fight or to be against war and not fight. I. How Kurt Vonnegut uses Fragmentation. A. Keeping Dresden fresh in the readers mind. 1. Billy goes back to Dresden reader goes with him. 2. First hand account of the massacre. a. Live through the horrors of war b. The reader is able to reflect on the horrors of war. II. Time there is no past, present or future in Slaughterhouse-five. A. Billy learns this view of all time existing from a group of aliens called Tralfamad...
  • Vonnegut's Use Of Structure
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    The rise of Ludwig van Beethoven into the rank of history's greatest composers was paralleled by and in some ways a consequence of his own personal tragedy and despair (Internet -- pg. 1). Beethoven's family was of the Flemish origin. His mother, Maria Magdalena, died after a long illness when Beethoven was only 17. He was not the only child in this family though. He had 2 brothers and 1 sister, both to which were disorganized and unruly. His family was always in constant need of funds. (The Wor...
  • Tralfamadorian Concept Of Time For Billy
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    Upon the completion of Slaughterhouse-Five I concluded, that perhaps Vonnegut had attempted to convey several different conclusions in writing his story. My inquiry did not stem from the group oral presentations necessarily, but rather from the seminars after completing the novel. I was given the statement "Vonnegut believes time should be flexible", and I was intrigued by my findings. I realized that Vonnegut's point in structuring the novel as he did, in the non-linear fashion illustrates his ...

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