Criticism In Slaughterhouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut

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Slaughterhouse-Five written by Kurt Vonnegut is not a relaxed read. If this book was not assigned for a class reading, Slaughterhouse- Five would not be a novel I would have considered picking up. The unpleasant flash of red on the book cover is mysterious, but not approachable. The chaotic format is intriguing, but confusing. However, my views on this remarkably written literature piece has changed dramatically as I finished the novel. Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical approach was unlike other authors in the late 1960s. Vonnegut had the desire to write about his World War II experiences and journeys through the character Billy Pilgrim, but add a twist of sci-fi illusion. The firebombing of Dresden played the focal point for this semi- autobiographical …show more content…
Kurt Vonnegut wrote a brilliant satire novel targeted at the topic of war. The use of flashbacks, irony, and dark humor supported Vonnegut and his effort to mock social events. I was able to better understand the destructiveness of war as a result, but furthermore, I had the ability to grasp literary concepts and study them in a more unique approach. Vonnegut used these devices in such a system to portray the comic, yet tragic life of Billy Pilgrim. Most often, Kurt Vonnegut would have Billy Pilgrim travel through time and experience different journeys throughout his life, even if he has not been through them yet. On the other hand, a flashback example can be seen in chapter seven without the use of time …show more content…
The Tralfamadorians highly discouraged ‘free will’. It took a minute to adjust to the idea of no free will because America is based upon justice. However, the Tralfamadorians’s view of time means to me that it is unchangeable. We need to accept what is and cannot change the outcome. When explaining to Billy what is going on, a Tralfamadorian quotes, “all time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment” (86). This statement truly resonates with me because I constantly live my life with questions and doubt. I never can accept what is going on around me and try to control everything. Reading Slaughterhouse- Five, Vonnegut changed my perspective on time and without going overboard, I am able to now accept certain things and understand more of the phrase “so it

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