Final Essay - 1 Jacob Matson LIT205 Dr Winderl Use of the...

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1 Jacob Matson LIT205 – Dr. Winderl 2/24/08 Use of the Framework Device in Slaughterhouse-Five According to Wikipedia, a framework device is “a narrative technique whereby a main story is composed, at least in part, for the purpose of organizing a set of shorter stories, each of which is a story within a story—or for surrounding a single story within a story.” Using this definition, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five clearly employs this device just as Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Dante employed it in their writings. Throughout the novel, the purpose of the framework device is not only to allow Vonnegut to more freely narrate his tale but also allow him to emphasize the significance of the surrounding events. The main story (however brief it may be) tells the process of creating the novel, of looking back. Within this broad story are the multiple story-within-a-stories; the “Three Musketeers”, Kilgore Trout’s The Gospel from Outer Space , and Billy’s recollection of Dresden on Tralfamadore are all examples of these. The relationship of
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