Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-five

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Life with nothing but death encompassing you is perhaps no life at all.Kurt Vonnegut was a POW in World War II and a survivor of the infamous Dresden bombings, carried out by the U.S.-Britain coalition in 1941. Vonnegut takes twenty-three years of his life, and many drafts his book to create a story that accurately conveys his experience of the infamous attack and the conflicts of World War II. In the process of coping with these unexplainable emotions, Vonnegut creates Slaughterhouse Five, a Post-modern story of unconventional chaotic order. Intentionally, Vonnegut creates a character that has also survived the Dresden bombing. Vonnegut mirrors Billy and shares many similarities, yet the most prominent is their inability to make rational sense of the events they experienced. Although the book is built around Billy;s life and conflicts, it is without a doubt, a vehicle for Vonnegut to express his emotions through Billy. Through an examination of the story and characters, this essay will show Vonnegut;s connection to Billy, Billy;s ability to cope with the tumultuous series of events, and the failure of Vonnegut to make sense of his own world.
Billy survived the Dresden bombings, which claimed 130,000 lives.At the time of the bombing, Dresden was the center of social culture in Nazi, Germany, even though it contained no military significance.We now know that the bombing was intended to break the spirit of the Nazis and to deter further uprisings.One can only imagine, surfacing from the basement and witnessing the unreasonable death of so many innocent lives. This moment was the fundamental cause of Billy;s inner turmoil: ;Billy Pilgrim does not see his survival as a blessing, rather a curse; (Tanner 56).The curse is eventually followed by the question which resonates into any survivor of extreme destruction: Why me?So many lost their lives, but somehow, Billy survives. Asking this same questi…