Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Essay

1129 Words Apr 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Slaughterhouse five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is an interesting book to say the least. At no point in the story did I truly know what was going on. In short, the book is about Billy Pilgrim, a retired World War Two veteran, who lives different points in his life out of order whether it is his death, his birth or anything in-between. After finishing Slaughterhouse Five I still cannot figure out how to feel and I cannot fully comprehend what I read. Nonetheless it easily became one of my favorite books.
The book starts out stating that “All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true”(Vonnegut Jr. 1). Those few sentences are not very common in books. You go into a book expecting it to be either fiction or non-fiction. For that reason, this quote stuck with me throughout and had me wondering what exactly the author made up and what actually happened. One event that was blatantly fiction was the abduction of Billy. After being abducted, the aliens tell Billy how they view death. Billy writes a letter in which he states “‘The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist”(Vonnegut Jr. 16). The situation that Billy is in when he writes the letter is counterfeit however, what he says about death is true. When someone dies they…

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