Slaughterhouse Five Tralfamadorians Analysis
20 November 2017
What Role Do Tralfamadorians Play In S5?
Slaughterhouse-Five is a truly mind bending book by the late Kurt Vonnegut Jr. It is the tale of a inelegant World War II veteran/soldier, Billy Pilgrim. His war experiences and the mental and physical effects it had on Billy lead him to the ultimate conclusion, that war is incomprehensible . A huge part of the book are “The Tralfamadorians”.The Tralfamadorians are plunger shaped time altering aliens who bring Billy to their planet and put him in a zoo. In many ways the Impact of the Tralfamadorians on billy chnages him for the greater good, their encounter with Billy's free will and ethics truly shock the well developed species, but in the end …show more content…
This obligates Billy to not hesitate to change the world for the greater food, he knows his destiny is fixed and that there is nothing he can do to change this. The literary element of foreshadowing can be perceived here as Billy explains that he has no control over his death as he knows when he is going to die. When there is a lack of order in life one simply becomes stuck; or maybe even unstuck in time a Billy is. As billy wraps back and forward in time he learns a lot about fate and when people die. We can see this by the repeated phrase “So it goes” which can be spotted every time Billy shares how a person will die has billy can visualize fates before they have occurred.
With these statements in mind we can conclude that the book “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut is a truly fabulous book with many twists and turns that is sure to leave the reader stunned with a robust idea of what life can be. We can learn that the book wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn't for the intervention of the tralfamadorian that play a significant role in the life of Billy pilgrim teaching him the true meaning of free will and that everyone has a fixed fate. The book is a truly amazing