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    Venkat Chandra Mr.Wallbridge English 10 20 November 2017 What Role Do Tralfamadorians Play In S5? Slaughterhouse-Five is a truly mind bending book by the late Kurt Vonnegut Jr. It is the tale of a inelegant World War II veteran/soldier, Billy Pilgrim. His war experiences and the mental and physical effects it had on Billy lead him to the ultimate conclusion, that war is incomprehensible . A huge part of the book are “The Tralfamadorians”.The Tralfamadorians are plunger shaped time altering aliens who bring Billy to their planet and put him in a zoo. In many ways the Impact of the Tralfamadorians on billy chnages him for the greater good, their encounter with Billy's free will and ethics truly shock the well developed species, but in the end they always know time is its own element it will make sure occurrences happen regardless of intervention. The Tralfamadorians have a fervent impact of Billy Pilgrim's life. The Tralfamadorians are the aliens who abduct Billy on his daughter's wedding day, they take him to their planet to exhibit him in a zoo. They are Plunger shaped aliens who regard time a divergent way from what humans do. "I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is.” (Vonnegut,1969). A tralfamadorian views time as a series of events which in turn signify how a series of events are what shapes the fate of someone.…

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    How does Vonnegut achieve effects using stylistic devices and language? (Chapter 6) (Stylistic devices include anything a writer uses - from narrative to irony to verbs to dialogue to figurative language to block letters to short sentences) This extract is from the novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, an American author who entered the Second World War as a private in the US Army. He was taken as a prisoner of war in Germany, and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers;…

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    Throughout Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the reader gets a unique insight on the life and experience of Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim has gone through unspeakable things. There are three major aspects of Billy Pilgrim’s life that perfectly represent his experience in isolation, and how, or how not it was able to connect him with others. His experiences in the slaughterhouse, on Tralfamadorian, and with his son all answer this very peculiar question. When looking at the question itself, it…

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    “Slaughterhouse-Five” is an anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut that follows the experiences of Billy Pilgrim through the Dresden firebombing, and his life afterwards. Throughout the book, one can follow the theme of the devastation of war by examining the negative effects the war has had on Billy. The theme shows itself through Billy’s sleeping patterns and mental state, his “time traveling,” and the symbolism of the phrase “So it goes.” After becoming a prisoner of war during World War II, Billy…

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    Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is a great hostile to war novel that presents the character Billy Pilgrim who is a wannabe in the novel. Billy Pilgrim gets himself lost in the wake of battling in World War Two when his mental solidness is diminishing. Billy recounts the tale of being stole to an unusual planet and meeting Tralfamadorians, the planet's life. These outsiders know each minute that their life will experience; in this manner, they are with the exception of their destiny. Through…

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    “So it goes.” These three words convey the fatalistic mindset of Kurt Vonnegut through the voice of Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist of Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five. The strength of Vonnegut’s novel lies in his own personal experiences, as he himself was an American prisoner of war, was captured in Germany, and then was transferred to the city of Dresden. Throughout the novel, Billy Pilgrim suffers flashbacks of the horrors of war, specifically those associated with the bombing of…

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    Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a decidedly non- heroic man who had become "unstuck in time”. The two central events in his life that he keeps returning to are his abduction by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and his time as a soldier and prisoner of war during World War II, during which he witnesses the allied firebombing of the city of Dresden, Germany and as a result, more death than he had ever known possible.Through the forms of figurative…

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    When a tragedy occurs, it has the power to provoke many different types of responses. Some people mourn a great amount, some go into a state of denial, and others may speak up and tackle it. In Slaughterhouse-Five, author Kurt Vonnegut introduces Billy Pilgrim as someone who was affected by the bombing of Dresden, and someone who is taken by Tralfamadorians (an alien species) to talk to him about their theories of time. There are many ways to react to a catastrophe, but the author emphasizes the…

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    Kurt Vonnegut, in his novel, “Slaughterhouse Five” recounts his experiences of World War II through Billy Pilgrim, the main character. Vonnegut’s purpose is to describe his wartime experiences and antiwar view. He adopts a complex and elusive tone in order to successfully engage and entertain his readers. Vonnegut begins his novel in the first person. We are given a first-person point of view in the sections embedded in the first and last chapters of the book. Throughout the rest of…

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    Crazy people see crazy things becomes a true statement in Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut when a distressed book about a Billy Pilgrim’s life is impacted by what he saw and went through during the war. In Kurt Vonnegut’s book, Billy Pilgrim suffers from severe PTSD that leads him to time travel and being kidnapped by the Tralfamadorians. Slaughterhouse Five was first banned in Oakland County, Michigan and has been since 1972 according to Betsy Morais. The book should be allowed to be read…

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