Essay on The Idea Of Time, On Earth, By Kurt Vonnegut

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The idea of time, on earth, is very simple. Time consists of two main thoughts; there is only one moment happening at a time and that free will can determine what happens in a person’s lifetime. Slaughterhouse- Five, a science fiction novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, depicts time and challenges the idea of free will in an unusual way. The story follows a man by the name of Billy Pilgrim who “time travels” through different time periods in his life. Mostly, however, Billy is traveling through his experiences in World War Ⅱ. Vonnegut uses time in his novel to discuss the inevitable actuality of life, free will, and death.
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
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