Controlling Fate With The Choices We Make Essay

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Controlling Fate with the Choices We Make
Oscar Wilde, a renowned author, once said, “to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist”. Wilde makes an interesting point by saying that there are two types of people: those who do nothing to change their fate and those who find a way to challenge it. The majority of us, unfortunately, do as Billy Pilgrim does in Slaughterhouse Five by wasting our lives simply unconcerned by reality. Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, is described as a World War II veteran who survived the dreadful firebombing of Dresden, and now suffers from severe post traumatic stress disorder. To distance himself from the war as much as possible, Billy absurdly imagines himself traveling through time with aliens known as Tralfamadorians. As the story unfolds, we realize that Billy is losing himself in his fictional world and living an irrational lifestyle. He even turns to the Tralfamadorian ideology that fate is predestined, and, as a result, he spends the entirety of his life without purpose or fear of death. Through the use of both diction and imagery in Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut displays the theme that when we lightly accept our fate, we foolishly ignore the importance of living an accomplished life and improving the world around us.
To strengthen his message regarding the significance of living a purposeful life, Kurt Vonnegut uses humorous diction to ridicule Billy Pilgrim’s wrongful belief that life…

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