An Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Slaughterhouse Five ' Essay

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Kurt Vonnegut’s life was defined by his experiences in the Second World War. In particular, he was affected most by his sentence as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. While in Dresden, he witnessed the most appalling and unpleasant aspects of human life. Vonnegut survived a barrage of incendiary bombs dropped by Allied forces on Dresden which killed approximately 135,000 innocent civilian lives. Of course, the visions that Vonnegut had of Dresden after emerging from the slaughterhouse which he had taken refuge in haunted him for the remainder of his life. “Slaughterhouse-Five…is about Vonnegut’s efforts to tell his story as much as it is about Billy Pilgrim” (Beacham 1425). Before Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut had unsuccessfully attempted to write about his experiences in Dresden in several different novels. However, Slaughterhouse-Five became his “Dresden novel” in which he is able to demonstrate the atrocities of war and convey his contempt for warfare. His Dresden novel is the culmination of all of his previous stories. In Novels for Students, Telgen and Hile said: “Slaughterhouse-Five summarizes many of the themes of Vonnegut’s work. These include the dangers of unchecked technology and the limitations of human action in a seemingly random and meaningless universe” (258). Through this novel, Vonnegut was able to explore his inner emotions and deliver the message he had been trying to give since his experiences in Dresden.
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