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  • Symphony No. 1 Analysis

    Is it possible to recreate a historical event through music? Daniel Bukvich attempts this very feat in his piece Symphony No.1(In Memoriam, Dresden, 1945). This piece of music has been the topic of many discussions in the musical world, and I’m sure that it would be a hot topic in the philosophy world as well. In particular, I think that Aristotle and Leo Tolstoy would have a lot to say about this piece. Aristotle’s definition of art focuses on humans’ ability to mimic real life and create a…

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  • Billy Pilgrim Attitude

    Children's Crusade: a Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut is a science-fiction, anti-war novel that tracks the life of Billy Pilgrim who has become “unstuck in time” and his experiences such as: his time as a hapless soldier to the firebombing of Dresden; his time on the planet Tralfamadore where he was displayed naked in a zoo; and even his own death. These events, rejecting a conventional narrative, are presented in a fragmentary fashion. It is within this novel that many deaths occur; very…

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  • Themes Of Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

    Slaughterhouse-Five, a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, brings a new aspect to the image revolving around time, life, and war, as well as how war is perceived. Vonnegut changes the glorified image of war and brings a never before experienced reality into his novel. In the words of noted scholar Josh Simpson, “Slaughterhouse-Five shows two things simultaneously with equally chilling clarity: what war and bad ideas can do to humanity” (Simpson 7). Like-minded, Dr. Ruzbeh Babaee adds, “Vonnegut’s dark…

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  • Slaughterhouse Five Rhetorical Analysis

    sent out to war. Vonnegut also pushes how overwhelming and destructive the war is when he describes the firebombing of Dresden. Instead of using very literal language, Vonnegut describes the bombing in a very dramatic way by saying, “There was a firestorm out there. Dresden was one big flame. The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn” (227). Vonnegut uses Dresden to represent the entirety of the war and to show his dislike for how it dominates and exhausts everything.…

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  • Comparing Slaughterhouse Five 'And The Things They Carried'

    War Passage Many people who want to hear a story, want to hear the truth, if the truth was told in each story every story would be boring and not worth telling. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien have a similar style of expressing their exaggerated war stories with the contex making things up, they also are similar in a thematic way as Slaughterhouse Five and The Things they Carried both show that one may exaggerate a story to emphasize how important…

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  • Allen Young Traumatic Memory Analysis

    002091004 Young’s Thoughts on the Development of the Traumatic Memory Allen Young examines the history of mental trauma through memory in this ridiculously incoherent but incredibly interesting essay. The development of the ideas of a traumatic memory comes from surgical sources from the late 1800s to Young’s own essay about post-traumatic stress disorder in 1995. This wide range of documents hides the fact that they are mostly researchers situated in the West, not to mention the obvious…

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  • Justification Of War: Was World War II Justified?

    on the road, bleeding, and can’t seem to find your family. This is what the citizens of Dresden experienced on February 13th, 1945, when the Allies dropped more than 3,900 tons of explosives on the city, killing over 25,000 Germans. This was clearly a horrible event in history as were the other German and Japanese bombing attacks, but was this tactic justified? No, the strikes on the German cities of Dresden, Berlin, and Hamburg, and the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, were not…

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  • Summary Of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

    own experiences as a POW during World War II and the bombing of Dresden, takes a fantastic turn as Billy learns that he can travel through time. Yet, it is the lack of structure in Slaughterhouse-Five that sets this book apart from common anti-war or time-travel novels. The structure and “time-hopping” present in Slaughterhouse-Five causes readers to see how Vonnegut feels as though Vonnegut can never truly escape the horrors of Dresden, introduce Tralfamadorian ideas, and show the insanity…

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  • Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Psychological Analysis

    unstable mental condition were inexistent, modern medical views help readers understand the plot in ways not even considered during the 20th century. Gulani stated that, “The psychological consequences of the experience of war and especially the Dresden bombings can be readily analyzed using the criteria now established by psychiatrists to diagnose post- traumatic stress disorder” (Gulani). During World War II, the diagnosis of a post- traumatic disorder was not conceivable for Billy due to the…

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  • Themes In Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut

    in the Second World War. In particular, he was affected most by his sentence as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. While in Dresden, he witnessed the most appalling and unpleasant aspects of human life. Vonnegut survived a barrage of incendiary bombs dropped by Allied forces on Dresden which killed approximately 135,000 innocent civilian lives. Of course, the visions that Vonnegut had of Dresden after emerging from the slaughterhouse which he had taken refuge in haunted him for the remainder…

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