Slaughterhouse-Five | Study Guide

Kurt Vonnegut

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Artboard 1 copyBilly Pilgrim returns from World War II to a comfortable life and loving family, but the damage is already done. Unable to reconnect with his life, Billy has become “unstuck” in time and bounces from one decade to another, reliving moments of his life, unable to control where he will end up next.Damage from War Lasts ForeverOVERVIEW1922Billy Pilgrim is born in Ilium, NY.1948After his release, Billy graduates from optometry school and marries Valencia.19681944Billy goes to the Battle of the Bulge; hes captured by German troops.1948Billy reads science fiction while in a psychiatric hospital.1967Billy is abducted by the Tralfamadorians after his daughters wedding.As a POW, Billy witnesses the Dresden bombing and a fellow soldiers execution.Billy tries to tell the world about Tralfamadore.Billy is injured, and Valencia dies in her rush to the hospital.Edgar DerbySoldier executed after Dresden bombing TralfamadoriansAliens; abduct Billy and display him in their zooValencia PilgrimBillys devoted wife Main CharactersAbductsMarriedBilly PilgrimOptometrist, family man, and former soldier Roland WearyViolent bully; captured with Billy Comrade19681945Narrator, Chapter 3mong the things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future.Sources: Der Spiegel, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, New York Times, PEN AmericaCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Vonnegut was an American author and satirist whose career spanned 50 years and all genres. Slaughterhouse-Five is based on his experiences as a prisoner of war in World War II, in which he witnessed the Allied bombing of Dresden.KURT VONNEGUT1922–2007AuthorSlaughterhouse-Fiveby the NumbersVonneguts age when he was captured by the Germans in World War II22Times So it goes” is repeated in the text106People killed in the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany, in 1945~25,000Year Vonnegut won a purple heart “for frost-bite,” in his words1945MaterialismWealth is an inadequate cure for psychological trauma. TimeAll moments of time and experience influence all other moments. WarViolent, traumatic conflicts between unprepared individuals leave indelible marks.ThemesDiamondSymbolizes the tiny reward Billy receives for a lifetime of traumaZooEmbodies a skewed vision of American life TeapotRepresents the absurdity of wartime events SymbolsMarriedKurt Vonnegut1969EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageSlaughterhouse-FiveSatire

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