The irony through this is much larger than this one

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is referring to is when you suddenly see the past or the future. The irony through this is much larger than this one situation. Many of Kilgore Trout’s books as described in the novel closely relate to the events Billy goes through and the whole perspective and beliefs of the Tralfamadorians. Irony is not the only literary device used in Slaughterhouse-Five. Symbolism is also used throughout the novel. Going back to how the Tralfamadorians explained and view time and free will. The Tralfamadorians said that time is “as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains” (109). They are referring to the stretch of the Rocky Mountains being as one, as time is also one. To Tralfamadore, time is untouched, they must accept where they are during that moment. The reason why they accept it is because they are “trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why” (97). As a bug would be stuck in amber of tree sap, is how they are stuck in that moment in time. No why, just is. Allusions are also an additional literary device that is used in this novel. There are many allusions used throughout. For the overall novel, however, the bombing of Dresden is the main historical allusion to the novel. One of the many things that Billy learns on his trip to Tralfamadore is that the hype about Jesus Christ is not like how it is Bunn 4
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on Earth. Rather than Jesus Christ, Charles Darwin is most interesting to the Tralfamadorians. They see Charles Darwin as “who taught that those who die are meant to die, that corpses are improvements” (269). This is again showed in The Big Board by Kilgore Trout; that “the flying saucer creatures who capture Trout’s hero ask him about Darwin” (269). There is also an allusion to how Billy relates his traumatic experiences
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