Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Essay

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“Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time” (Vonnegut). By saying this, Vonnegut indicates that Billy has no control over his life because he flashes back and forth throughout different parts of his life. This dramatic loss of control is the result of his traumatic war experience. Being unstuck in time shows the deep effect of the war on him. According to Telgen, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922. During the Great Depression, the Vonnegut family was under severe economic and social distress. As an undergraduate at Cornell, Vonnegut wrote articles for the school newspaper opposing American entry into World War II. Vonnegut joined the U.S. Army in January, 1943. He was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge. Then, in February, 1945, while in a German prison camp, he witnessed the allied firebombing of Dresden. This experience led to his writing Slaughterhouse Five. (Telgen)
The main character in Slaughterhouse Five is Billy Pilgrim. He witnesses the bombing of Dresden as a captured American soldier during WWII and becomes unstuck in time. He is captured by Germans and kidnapped by Tralfamadorians (aliens). Billy has flashbacks to random events throughout life, including when he foresees his own death. The major theme of the novel is that “war takes not only its obvious toll on physical life and landscapes, but it also ravishes the human mind and spirit” (Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse-Five). Billy, the character, is used for Vonnegut to show…

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