Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut Essay

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What is the message being portrayed in “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut? What about “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller? These are two different reads that just happen to be very similar but also juxtapose each other when compared and contrasted. Slaughterhouse Five is the story of a man named Billy Pilgrim who focuses on the firebombing of Dresden during World War II while switching back and forth to different points of time in his life. Catch 22 is the story of a man, Captain John Yossarian, who is a bombardier but very much against World War II and due to the law of “Catch 22” his life is not his own. Yossarian is desperate to retain his own life and escape the inevitable death in war. These two reads share the same properties when painting the disturbing and destructive picture of war. “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Catch 22” compare through the theme of anti-war, contrast through the author 's craft style; sci-fi and obsession to support the theme of anti-war, but once again compares through the setting of World War II. Firstly, “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Catch 22” compare through the theme of anti-war displayed in each book. What is anti-war? Anti-war means opposed to war in general or to the conduct of a specific war. The two protagonists were innocent men who were taken and forced to become heros by risking their lives for a war they do not even support, World War II. Both Billy Pilgrim and Yossarian were opposed to World War II and that was clearly shown with the use of…

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