Style Analysis of Kurt Vonnegut on Slaughterhouse Five Essay

1619 Words Mar 31st, 2005 7 Pages
Though war is a traumatizing and miserable experience, it may also be able to move and inspire people to write a brilliant piece of literature. One example, for instance, is Kurt Vonnegut who may have been stimulated by the war, thus writing Slaughterhouse – Five. Though one may categorize this piece as science fiction or even auto - biographical, it can also be interpreted as an anti – war piece. Because Vonnegut is classified as a post modernist, one can take into account all the details, such as the similarities between the main character and Vonnegut, the Tralfamadorians, and the style and themes of the novel, and interpret this piece with an anti – war perspective. Vonnegut demonstrates his own antiwar sentiments …show more content…
Since Tralfamadorians think that there is only fatalism and linear development of time, they do not believe that free will actually exists. The Tralfamadorians also believe that there will always be war on earth, since humans are designed that way. With that, Vonnegut uses satire with the Tralfamadorians to criticize the fact that there is war on earth and it will be constant .
The presence of the Tralfamadorians is another way Vonnegut conveys his feelings against war. In an article about the novel, Jesse Lichtenstein notes on how the kidnap of Billy Pilgrim by the Tralfamadorians is a delusion that could be just an outlet for him to escape from war (Lichtenstein). Similarly, Classic Notes says that Billy Pilgrim runs away there when he is stressed, from his experiences of war on earth. These aliens are a vessel for Billy's mind to escape on, out of a world overwhelmed by war
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(Classic Notes). In many ways, Vonnegut's own feelings in opposition to war are interpreted into the Tralfamadorian views. For example these views of the Tralfamadorians are said to also reveal Vonnegut's fatalistic views, which are naturally against the ideas of free will. Vonnegut shows how free will is mistaken with Billy Pilgrim's life experiences, like being rescued from the bottom of the pool against his free will

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