Essay on Kurt Vonnegut 's Slaughterhouse Five

815 Words Jan 30th, 2016 4 Pages
What if we can travel through time just to experience weird events? The novel that Kurt Vonnegut wrote, Slaughterhouse five, has some questionable logic. Based on the characters that appear, Vonnegut seems to have a whacky imagination. Especially when in Vonnegut’s novel, includes aliens and a pornstars. This novel is a postmodern because of the Awareness of Intertextuality, Time Concept, and Magic Realism. Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five, often mentions other works within his novel. This puts one of the Elements of Postmodernism into effect that, being the Awareness of Intertextuality. Awareness of Intertextuality is when “multiple writings that come together at any ‘moment’ in a particular text.” Vonnegut uses this element by giving clarity to his words. For example, Vonnegut mentions Oz as in, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. “Somebody behind him in the boxcar said, 'Oz. ' That was I. That was me”(Vonnegut 189). Vonnegut was using Oz to describe the beautiful city Billy was looking at alongside the American prisoners before they were moved to the slaughterhouse. The use of the element, Awareness of Intertextuality, by referencing Oz, shows that this novel is postmodern. Slaughterhouse Five had a very weird timeline. Billy had the uncontrollable ability to jump through time, which is another Element of Postmodernism. The Time Element of Postmodernism is explaining how “time moves, usually differently or in a strange way.” Billy Pilgrim travels through time throughout…

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