Essay on The Idea Of Time, On Earth, By Kurt Vonnegut
Billy Pilgrim is a prisoner of war or “POW” after he is captured by the opposing German army. He is taken on trains to camps and eventually to Dresden, Germany days before a series of bombing engulf the city. His war experiences occur all while Billy is time traveling. “Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time...Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren’t necessarily fun...he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act out next” (Vonnegut, 23).
Billy says he was abducted by the aliens and held in a zoo on their planet and they taught him about time. The Tralfamadorians view of time is not linear but described as “never ending” in a way. The aliens believe all moments of time are happen simultaneously and all moments
McKenna 2 will repeat themselves over and over again. Thus, why Billy Pilgrim…