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Slaughterhouse Five - Imprisonment

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Transcript of Slaughterhouse Five - Imprisonment

Imprisonment in Slaughterhouse Five
Mr. Wood - 2˚ English III
Matt Coyle, Joe Malott, Omar Morales, Meredith Peterson, Ewald Polirone, Rosa Ramirez and Juliana Vaticano
Unstuck in Time (Psychological)
"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." (Vonnegut 22)

Unlike everyone who is bound to time, Billy has become unstuck and no longer bound by time

Allows Vonnegut to continuously revisit the important events in the novel
Stuck in Amber (Psychological)
Trafalmadore (Physical)
" All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or
explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all,
as I've said before, bugs in amber." (Vonnegut 86)

"Why anything? Because the moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?... Well here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why." (Vonnegut 76)
Tralfamadorians are aliens who bring Billy to their planet to exhibit him in a zoo

Tralfamadorians are subtly compared to the Germans.For Example When a German guard knocks down an American prisoner and the baffled man asks, “Why me?” the German shoots back, “Vy you? Vy anybody?”

He is forced to live in a dome on Tralfamadore
"It was a one-story
cement-block cube with sliding doors in front and back. It had been built as a shelter for
pigs about to be butchered. Now it was going to serve as a home away from home for one
hundred American prisoners of war." (Vonnegut 152)

"Listen:...
It ends like this:
Poo-tee-weet
." (Vonnegut 22)

"Birds were talking.
One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "
Poo-tee-weet?
"
(Vonnegut 215)
Stuck in Mental Hospital (Mental)
"They were free to come and go as they pleased,to go home, even, if they liked-and so was Billy Pilgrim. They had come here voluntarily, alarmed by the outside world" (Vonnegut 100)

Though he is free to leave, he is mentally stuck there, and couldn't leave, like he couldn't leave Trafalmadore and Dresden
Imprisoned in Dresden (Physical)
"German prisons everywhere were absolutely full, and there was no longer any food for the prisoners to eat, and no longer any fuel to keep them warm.And yet-here came more prisoners." (Vonnegut 69)
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