Novel Essay 2

Novel Essay 2 - Ryan Wisneski AML 3311 Due September 27th 2010 Novel Essay#2 Slaughterhouse-Five In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Ryan Wisneski AML 3311 Due: September 27 th , 2010 Novel Essay #2: Slaughterhouse-Five In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, we follow a character Billy Pilgrim through his adventurous life both on Earth and on the Alien world of the Tralfamadorians. In the story, we are taken through World War II where Billy is a private in the American army and a survivor of the tragic firebombing of the German town of Dresden. This experience of war and death has an appalling affect on Billy and we are shown how he must create this separate alien world and the idea of time travel to find some way to justify death so that he may somewhat cope with his experiences. Billy suffers from a debilitating form of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and does all he can to distance himself from the trauma in an attempt to rationalize his experiences. To understand Billy we must know how he comes upon these ideas in his creation of the Tralfamadorians and their views on life. Three years after the war Billy admits himself to a veteran’s hospital for nonviolent mental patients, struggling to cope in the world without war. While in the hospital Billy roomed with an infantry captain, Elliot Rosewater, who was a self admitted drunk. “It was Rosewater who introduced Billy to science fiction, and in particular to the writings of Kilgore Trout” (Vonnegut). From Trout’s books we are able to see exactly where Billy gets his ideas from, reading nearly all of them while in the hospital, and he incorporates these thoughts and forms his own Tralfamadorian world. According to the books, theses aliens pity the humans because we are only able to see in three dimensions, as these creatures can see in four dimensions, so naturally we had much to learn. For instance, in this alien world, “when a person dies he only appears to die”(Vonnegut), the person is still very much alive in other moments. Based on the Tralfamadorian belief that time is not linear, all moments, although permanent, can be looked at during any given moment like a form of time travel. In this way a person is never truly dead he is just better off in some moments than others. From the beginning of the book, Vonnegut, introduces death as a central theme looked at through the eyes of Billy who has seen such an immense amount that he has become somewhat immune to it. In the novel every time someone dies, or the death of someone is mentioned the words “so it goes” follow the thought, because this is what the Tralfamadorians say being that death is not permanent. This motif also helps develop the characters view on death by equalizing all death no matter the severity of it or the victim. It also refers to Billy’s belief that even though the person is now dead in this moment and the moments that follow, according to the Tralfamadorians, the person is still living in all other moments of their lives which they can visit at any time. Also these moments that involve death cannot be changed, because the moments in
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course AML 3311 taught by Professor Altmmier during the Fall '09 term at FSU.

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Novel Essay 2 - Ryan Wisneski AML 3311 Due September 27th 2010 Novel Essay#2 Slaughterhouse-Five In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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