Literary Elements In Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse-Five'
Vonnegut uses the Tralfamadorians, a race of aliens who could see in four dimensions, to bring across the idea that “All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist” (Vonnegut #). This belief is very much fatalistic, saying that everyone’s life and everything has already been mapped out and is not subject to change. The Tralfamadorians are also used to mock humans for not accepting fate when they themselves have already accepted the fate of everything. The idea relates to how people think they can affect their lives, but when, in reality, no matter what someone does, their life will not be altered. The phrase “So it goes” (Vonnegut) is used by the author throughout the novel after someone or something dies. The phrase represents the inevitability of death and how it is impossible to have any control over such a thing, thinking so is simply an illusion. The theme of fate and free will is all throughout the text and provides an excellent point of discussion and debate that can be very beneficial to the education of