What 's Got Billy So Spooked? Essay

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What’s got Billy so Spooked?
Kurt Vonnegut. American World War Two survivor and famous author published Slaughterhouse-Five in 1969, 24 years after his experiences in World War Two. More specifically, his time as a prisoner of war (POW) and his survival of the Dresden bombing. The protagonist of this sci-fi anti-war novel, Billy Pilgrim, went through similar events as his auth0r however dealt with them much differently. Vonnegut uses science fiction, time, and personal reflection to reveal the psychological workings of Billy Pilgrim’s brain and how he dealt with is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
2nd Point: Abduction?
Following his plane crash and finding out that his wife died from carbon monoxide on her way to the hospital to see him would be traumatic for anybody. This is when he starts believing in the ways of the Tralfamadorian inhabitants. The fact that everything is 4D and every part of your life is happening at one time. “The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist. […]” (27). By believing this the trauma of his wife’s death is never dealt with in his reality because in his eyes she is dead yet alive in another reality that’s happening in time with his own.
Billy’s reaction to the death of his wife can be compared and contrasted with…

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