Being A Prisoner Of War During World War II Essay

770 Words Feb 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Being a prisoner of war during World War II, Kurt Vonnegut over went through many traumatic incidents. Slaughterhouse-Five, written by Vonnegut himself, expresses these encounters through a first person stance by using the character of Billy. Many articles and reviews have been written analyzing the themes and overall success of the novel. Amongst them the perspective of Christopher Lehmann-Haupt and Susanne Vees-Gulani, whom believe the book was absolutely exceptional with the perspective of a Psychiatric approach. Although Christopher Lehmann-Haupt believes Slaughterhouse five is successful because it effectively demonstrates that Vonnegut uses his non chronological style of writing to cope from his experiences from the war, I maintain that the novel’s overall structure granted the novel a confusing timeline.
As the book begins Vonnegut explains how he wished to write a book on the shadowed bombings in Dresden that took place at the end of World War II. Dresden had a horrible impact on Vonnegut whom doctors where sure had gone mentally ill. Later Billy was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which explains why throughout the books entirety the structure was messy for the most part, bouncing to different time periods in nearly every paragraph. This includes being abducted by extraterrestrials into the sci-fi world of Tralfamadore where life is seen in four dimensions. “The most striking symptom of Billy’s condition is his altered perception of time.”…

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