Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut: Literary Analysis
Throughout the book Billy Pilgrim time travels back and forth between his past and future.
After surviving the firebombing of Dresden during World War II, it took Kurt Vonnegut almost a quarter of a century (23 years) to finish writing the book, Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children 's Crusade. “The form of Vonnegut’s writing style used in this novel is jumbled because it reflects the main character Billy Pilgrim’s condition throughout the novel. Those conditions were, Billy’s confusion, dislocation, and shock” (Cox). Kurt Vonnegut wrote this book to inform everyone about his perspective regarding war. The reason it took so long was probably due to the intense emotional scarring and internal anguish that he suffered from his first-hand experience with unnecessary loss. Another reason why it probably took Vonnegut twenty-three years to write this book was because information regarding the bombing of Dresden was top secret and classified, so no one really knew what happened for a while. During the bombing of Dresden roughly one hundred and thirty-five thousand people were killed except for the “four guards and one hundred American prisoners” (Vonnegut) taking shelter in the meat locker below the …show more content…
The novel talks about Kurt Vonnegut 's past involving his childhood, when he went to war, and when he came back from war. Vonnegut wants his readers to question Billy Pilgrim’s mental state throughout the novel involving his interaction with the Tralfamadorians and his many tragedy’s, one being the plane crash. He also wants the readers to understand that war is inevitable and that nothing intelligent can be said after the massacre of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut also wants his readers to question if people should have free will and if fatalism should