Vonnegut Essay- Final Exam

Vonnegut Essay- Final Exam - ENGL2210 Batten 12/13/08 Final...

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ENGL2210 Batten 12/13/08 Final Essay Question Kurt Vonnegut uses the theme of repetition in his novel in order to emphasize a point, and connect particular scenes. The terms and phrases that he uses appeal to the audience’s different senses and evoke different feelings for each of those repetitions. Vonnegut uses the term “breath like mustard gas and roses” throughout the novel. His first use is in the first chapter when he is describing Billy’s breath when he is drunk, and goes on to tell the audience that it repels his wife from him. He also uses this term when Billy thinks that he can smell somebody’s breath on the phone, when listening to them they were clearly drunk. He also used this term to describe the smell of people that had passed away after a battle during the war. This repetition appeals to the sense of smell, and the audience gets a good idea of how repulsive the smell of mustard gas and roses must be, and this evokes a sense of disgust. He appears to use the repetition in times when he wants the reader to not like something. We are not supposed to like breath that smells like alcohol, people dying, or drunk dialers. The next phrase of repetition that Vonnegut uses is the term “blue and ivory”.
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