Slaughterhouse 5 Essay

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Slaughterhouse 5



Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse Five as well as many other novels.
Slaughterhouse Five is the story of Billy Pilgrim. Pilgrim is a time
traveling war veteran who is "unstuck" in time. The entire novel is a
journey through this universe. He visits strange planets and the bombing of
Dresden in Germany.
Human cruelty is the overall theme of the novel. It is the behavior of
men that they will harm anything weak. There is always a bully in every
community. Weary's attitude as a bully is apparent in all sections of human
kind. The bombing in Germany is an example of human cruelty. It shows our
blind vengeance and little ability to reason. The mop-up after a battle also
proves this.
The complicating incidents are his continuing adventures during his
imprisonment in the war. The climax is the bombing of Dresden. The setting
varies in time and place in many instances but is mainly in Germany toward
the end of the war. Pilgrim even travels to distant galaxies, such as
Tralfamadore.
The major characters are Billy Pilgrim and Kilgore Trout. Billy Pilgrim
tries to survive the ordeals he is thrown into and is a true adventurer.
Trout is also stuck in the fray. The style of the novel is light and even
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