[tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut] - Most novels are not able to adequately present two distinct themes that oppose each other; Slaughterhouse-Five is not most novels.
In the novel Slaughterhouse Five Billy Pilgrim suffers from feeling like an outsider a great deal as he struggles with his PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
From a Marxist Critic’s standpoint a lot of his struggles may also be due to his social and economic class.
Irving wrote that the bombing killed more than 135,000 people in less than twelve hours, but later research concluded that the bombing killed roughly 25,000, though Irving refused to believe that figure (Evans 1).
Further inconsistencies within the book reveal that Irving used German propaganda to estimate his figures (Evans 4).
In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut suggests the danger and inhumanity of turning away from the discomfort by introducing Billy Pilgrim as someone who is badly affected by the aftermath of the Dresden bombing, and the Tralfamadorians as the aliens who provide an easy solution to Billy.
It is simpler to avoid something as tragic as death, but Vonnegut stresses the importance of confronting it.
From being treated like an animal while he was a prisoner of war to coming home and practically being handed more money than he knew what to do with, Billy didn’t know how to cope....
[tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut] - Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is an anti-war historical fiction novel about the bombings of Dresden, Germany in 1945 at the end of World War II.
Vonnegut, like many artists, expresses his ideas through his creations....
[tags: Slaughterhouse-Five] - Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse Five, illustrates the ghastly experiences within World War II and the journey through the universe and time of the main character, Billy Pilgrim.