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Transcript of Slaughterhouse-Five
In: Indianapolis, Indiana
Died: April 11, 2007
Attended Cornell University (1940-42)
Afterwords, he served in the military and was a part of the Battle of the Bulge (1944-45)
He was captured after this battle and was taken to Dresden, Germany as a POW http://atlasobscura.com/place/slaughterhouse-five http://atlasobscura.com/place/slaughterhouse-five Interesting writing style (long sentences low punctuation)
Focused on Fiction-ish novels which required him to create characters based on real people.
Other Works included: Breakfast of Champions(1973), Jailbird(1979), and Deadeye Dick(1982)
Last novel was Time Quake(1997) The Book:
Published during the Vietnam War (Published in1969)
There was much protest and anti-war events going on during the time
Could have influenced the Title "The Children's Crusade"
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the moon (1969)
The Space Race...aliens??? What can "The Children's Crusade" mean?
Care to take a guess?? Newly-found interest in space = Traflamadorians? Also: Websites Used: Website cited:
Kurt Vonnegut Biography:
"Kurt Vonnegut Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2012 <Http://www.biography.com/people/kurt-vonnegut-9520329> Also going on:
Cold war, Algerian war, niderian civil conflict
Robert Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 He attends the ilium school of optometry During his studies, he gets drafted into the war He fights in the Battle of the Bulge however... He gets captured and sent to a POW camp He has his first time jump experience After several jumps, he finds himself in a radio talk show Here, he reveals what he knows about the Traflamadorians He describes them as two foot tall, green men with eyes on their hands He also gets abducted by these aliens and finds himself in a Traflamadorian zoo... Here, he learns about the 4th dimension! 4th Dimension
The idea of its existence implies that every thing that has happened will happen no matter what
Time is not linear, everything is always happening no matter what, all the time!
We don't die, we just appear in a different point in time. The Traflamadorians say the universe will end because a Traflamadorian blows it up! It has happened this way every single time and will always happen this way! The 4th dimension jumping is what Billy is experiencing http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1777&bih=887&tbm=isch&tbnid=IptM7sYfpzwOVM:&imgrefurl=http://carlosdmayo.wordpress.com/category/cosmology/feed/&imgurl=http://carlosdmayo.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/tralfamadorian-01.jpg&w=461&h=600&ei=bptDUMiSI4a09gTbqIDwBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=231&vpy=164&dur=4808&hovh=255&hovw=196&tx=62&ty=149&sig=117238289281628641844&page=1&tbnh=113&tbnw=86&start=0&ndsp=61&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:82 http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1777&bih=887&tbm=isch&tbnid=ZjA1rn717LjA0M:&imgrefurl=http://angels-advocate.deviantart.com/art/Tralfamadorian-79299598&imgurl=http://www.deviantart.com/download/79299598/Tralfamadorian_by_Angels_Advocate.jpg&w=720&h=1123&ei=bptDUMiSI4a09gTbqIDwBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=324&vpy=152&dur=558&hovh=280&hovw=180&tx=103&ty=125&sig=117238289281628641844&page=1&tbnh=113&tbnw=71&start=0&ndsp=61&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:85 http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1777&bih=887&tbm=isch&tbnid=Xvcev_ZmLQeaKM:&imgrefurl=http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/24/kurt-vonneguts-slaughterhouse-five/&imgurl=http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/tralfamadorian.jpg&w=300&h=625&ei=bptDUMiSI4a09gTbqIDwBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=167&vpy=130&dur=12&hovh=324&hovw=155&tx=91&ty=147&sig=117238289281628641844&page=1&tbnh=113&tbnw=54&start=0&ndsp=61&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:79 Draw a real-life Traflamadorian!!!!!
"The letter said that they were two feet high, and green, and shaped like a plumber's friends. Their suction cups were on the ground, and their shafts, which were extremely flexible, usually pointed to the sky. At the top of each shaft was a little hand with a green eye in its palm." (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, page 26) Themes:
Destruction and sorrow of war
Philosophy of the 4th dimension
The carelessness in death ("So it goes..." "Poo-tee-weet...")
The link between sanity and insanity Major characters:
Kurt Vonnegut (Narrator)
Traflamadorians Major conflicts:
Struggle between dimensions
Destruction of Dresden http://www.google.com/imgres?q=dresden+germany+bombing&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&biw=1777&bih=887&tbm=isch&tbnid=WEqxkkvPUePy9M:&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II&imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1994-041-07,_Dresden,_zerst%2525C3%2525B6rtes_Stadtzentrum.jpg/250px-Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1994-041-07,_Dresden,_zerst%2525C3%2525B6rtes_Stadtzentrum.jpg&w=250&h=174&ei=2MJGULrCKciTqwGziIGwDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=337&vpy=172&dur=386&hovh=138&hovw=200&tx=147&ty=65&sig=105343423187479683481&page=1&tbnh=125&tbnw=167&start=0&ndsp=47&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:75 http://www.google.com/imgres?q=dresden+germany+bombing&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&biw=1777&bih=887&tbm=isch&tbnid=8g1OZHMq2uMUoM:&imgrefurl=http://www.christusrex.org/www1/war/dresden3.html&imgurl=http://www.christusrex.org/www1/war/dresden3b.JPG&w=420&h=257&ei=2MJGULrCKciTqwGziIGwDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=936&vpy=436&dur=707&hovh=175&hovw=286&tx=118&ty=82&sig=105343423187479683481&page=1&tbnh=107&tbnw=175&start=0&ndsp=47&ved=1t:429,r:25,s:0,i:151 http://www.google.com/imgres?q=dresden+germany+bombing&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&biw=1777&bih=887&tbm=isch&tbnid=gWVHTMDiqBqv0M:&imgrefurl=http://www.subvertednation.net/dresden-the-real-holocaust/&imgurl=http://www.subvertednation.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/bombing-of-dresden.jpg&w=433&h=326&ei=2MJGULrCKciTqwGziIGwDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=168&vpy=280&dur=522&hovh=195&hovw=258&tx=183&ty=118&sig=105343423187479683481&page=1&tbnh=120&tbnw=155&start=0&ndsp=47&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0,i:103 Dresden Bombing:
135,000 people died
Kurt Vonnegut survived by sheltering in a slaughterhouse
Many innocent live were killed by the allied bombing
Was it justified during a time of war?