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  • Miss Drew And Billy
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    Billy Bathgate Billy Bathgate, is a book of a young boy's transition into manhood. It is an amazingly well-written book that intrigued me the entire way through. It starts out in Billy's hometown, the Bronx of New York in the twenties; a time of social unrest and prohibition. The apartment building Billy lives in is not the epitome of cleanliness. The streets are littered with papers and loud noises of the trains that go by every hour. Rundown little bungalows and an occasional three-story fake ...
  • Novel Summary Billy Pilgrim
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    Novel Summary Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time, and so is Slaughterhouse Five. Novel follows Billy's 'unhinged' life. If I write every hop, skip, and jump, the summary would be as complicated as the book. These are the basic facts of Pilgrim's life; they are shown in chronological order (but are definitely not in the book): Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 and grows up in Ilium, New York. He is a funny-looking youth, he does reasonably well in high school, enrolls in night classes at the Ilium Scho...
  • 30's In His Latest Novel Billy Bathgate
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    By: Guy C. Vignola Billy Bathgate is an important American novel in it's portrayal of one young man's evolution from boyhood to maturity. The novel is about a fifteen year old boy that gets taken under the wing of Dutch Schultz, a 1930's gangster trying to keep a hold of his diminishing empire. As the novel unfolds, so does the rising maturity of the tough young man introduced to us as Billy Bathgate. Billy finds himself in situations that most of us never see in our whole life. In difference to...
  • Billie's Mother
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    To understand the controversy that Billie presented one must first go to the root or source of such controversy and examine Billie's childhood. Billie was born Eleanor a Harris to her father Clarence Holiday and mother Sadie Fagan who were just fifteen and thirteen years old, respectively, at the time (A 91). Born between 1912 and 1915 in Baltimore, the date unsure, Billie grew up without her father, who moved away early on in her life. Billie and her mother used to fight a lot, when her mother ...
  • Billie Holiday's Emotional Life
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    Billie was born to the name, Eleanor a Fagan on April 7, 1915. She was born in Philadelphia but grew up in the Fell's Point section of Baltimore. Her mother, was just 13 at the time of her birth; her father, was 15. Holidays' teenage parents, Sadie Harris (aka Fagan) and probable father, Clarence Holiday, never married, and they did not live together for a long time. Clarence, a banjo and guitar player worked with Fletcher Henderson's band in the early 30's. He remains a shady figure who left hi...
  • Killed Billy Budd
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    War shapes all moral trajectories in this story in many ways. War defines peace and tragedy due to the use and action of disagreement. In Billy Budd, (The movie), Billy ended up getting hung because he was accused of killing a member on the H.M.S. Indomitable. While these men were on the ship, they had certain rights that were stated under the Articles Of War. Each individual was punished under these statements. Ratcliff states, "Go find the captain and report to him the wind's abeam. Respectful...
  • Slaughterhouse Five Billy Pilgrim
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    Slaughterhouse Five Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 and grows up in Ilium, New York. A funny-looking, weak youth, he does well in high school, then he enrolls in night classes at the Ilium School of Optometry, and is soon drafted into the army. He serves as a chaplain's assistant, is sent into the Battle of the Bulge, and almost gets taken prisoner by the Germans. Just before being captured he first becomes unstuck in time. He sees the entirety of his life in one sweep. Billy is transported with o...
  • Tralfamadorian Outlook Billy Pilgrim
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    Slaughterhouse Five The emotions of self-pity and guilt for one's self play a major role in the novel Slaughterhouse Five. This leads to be one of the more interesting aspects of the novel and most other military stories. When one begins to analyze a military novel it is important to first look at the historical context in which the book was written. On the nights of February 13-14 in 1944 the city of Dresden, Germany was subjected to one of the worst air attacks in the history of man. By the en...
  • Events Of Billy's Life
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    Synopsis Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Kurt Vonnegut, is the story of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a man who, among other things, lived through the Dresden firebombing during World War II and was abducted by aliens. The novel is told as a non-chronological group of events that make up Billy's life. The exposition of Slaughterhouse-Five describes Billy as an easy-going man. He never raises his voice as a result of his experiences on Tralfamadore, the alien planet. He is an optometrist born and ra...
  • 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 About His Belief In Determinism
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    Is The Choice Really Ours: Determinism Versus Free Will in Slaughterhouse Five Is the life of each individual already planned Is each turn their life takes just in the path that has already been laid out for them Or does each person have the power to choose the path in which they will follow everyday In Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut leads the reader to believe in determinism or fate as the essences of life. Billy Pilgrim is a veteran of World War II and of the bombing of Dresden. This experi...
  • Hamilton Billy
    785 words
    The story starts off with a young journalist named Hamilton, who's sent on his first story in Jakarta Indonesia. He meets Billy Kwan who soon becomes his photographer and close friend. Billy actually tends to be more of a mentor to Hamilton. This you can tell in the end of the movie after Billy dies and Hamilton wanders aimlessly for stories and becomes too overwhelmed by Jakarta's crisis to continue. Hamilton is faced with a couple of problems here, one being exposed to such poverty and being t...
  • Billy's View Of Death
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    There are events in an individual's life when they have to accept something just for what it is. As hard as it may be to swallow it, complaining or commenting on it to improve it would not be acceptable. Death, in the novel, Slaughterhouse Five, is depicted as a part of the book that the characters have to accept in order to move on with their lives. Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Slaughterhouse Five, is shown a life of acceptance with a quote about the world's conclusion, the Tralfamadori...

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