Slaughterhouse Five The Main Character, Billy Pilgrim Essay

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In Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five the main character, Billy Pilgrim, is a time traveler; he is constantly recalling his past. The moment he time travels, he develops a deeper meaning of the current event, due to his awareness of new details in his life; these moments make him into the man he is. When he lives in the moment of either the past or present; feelings arise and he develops a sense of beatitude, satisfaction, regret, and contentment; this helps with the development of the theme which is that you cannot change your past but you can change the future with your present decisions. When Billy Pilgrim had time traveled to the past when he had been reminiscing about the time in which he lived in the ghetto; he had felt a sense of beatitude and satisfaction. Billy had been in his Cadillac in 1967, he was on his way to a meeting at the Lions Club when he noticed he had been “in the middle of Ilium 's black ghetto” (59). The narrator stated that “the people who lived here hated it so much that they had burned down a lot of it… The house where Billy had grown up used to be somewhere in what was so empty now” (59). Billy disregarded his past that when he had found out that the town in which he lived in during his adolescence is going through an urban renewal, the narrator stated,” That was alright with Billy” (59). Billy did not care about his past because he is currently living a successful life; a life in which he had made for himself. He had accomplished so much…

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