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Christoph 1 Hailey Christoph Mr. Shogren Honors English II 19 October 201 5 War destroys innocence War is many things. It is expensive, mentally draining, but it is mainly destructive. One of the main things that war destroys is innocence. As we get more and more coverage of war, the innocence of children is lost. They become exposed to violence, taking away the purity of childhood. War also destroys innocent people and places.The novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut focuses on Billy Pilgrim, a soldier who becomes a prisoner of war in the city of Dresden, Germany. In Slaughterhouse-Five , Vonnegut demonstrates that war destroys innocence through young people like Werner Gluck, and the bombing of Dresden which is a concerning issue in the real world. Through the bombing of Dresden, Vonnegut shows that war destroys innocence. Billy, after being captured by the Germans, gets put on a train bound for Dresden. Once Billy gets off of the train, he is amazed at how peaceful and pure Dresden looks. He describes it as heaven, deeming it innocent. Though the city above is peaceful, Billy gets thrown in an old slaughterhouse. When the bombing happened, one of the guards described the city as a “flame that ate everything organic” (Vonnegut 178). By definition, the word organic means anything pure, coming from the ground. When the flame ate every organic thing, every innocent and pure thing was lost. The purity and innocence of Dresden is destroyed by these bombs, which are a product of war. Earlier in the novel,
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Christoph 2 when Billy gets off the train, Billy is greeted by many Dresden citizens. These citizens, seemingly innocent, were later killed in the bombing. After the bombing, “Everybody else in the neighborhood was dead” (Vonnegut 178). This is not referring to the actual neighbors of the slaughterhouse, but to Dresden as a whole. Neighborhoods are a place of safety, comfort and unspoken innocence. Once the people in it are killed, the innocence of it is lost. Though the bombing of Dresden destroyed the city itself, it also destroyed the innocence that it was and the innocence it contained.
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