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Slaughterhouse-Five and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Nico Potestivo

on 29 September 2015

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Transcript of Slaughterhouse-Five and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

World War II
-Slaughtuerhouse-five: written
about
war,
during
war

-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder not established until DSM-III

-Does Billy Pilgrim have PTSD? If so, does that explain other aspects of the story?
Cutural Context
In Relation to Billy Pilgrim
-Intrusive Memories
-Plenty of flashbacks
-Bad dreams

-Avoidance
-Hardly discussed war with family
-Avoided his own mother

-Negative Changes in Mood
-Lack of positive thinking
-"so it goes", too numb to care?
-lack of friends

-Changes in Emotional Reactions
- frightened by sound of sirens
-random but frequent fits of crying
Historical Importance
-Gives a somewhat empathizable account of a negatively affected veteran and the horrors of war
-Still retains unique style that made Vonnegut famous
(Some) Symptoms of PTSD
-Intrusive Memories
-Recurrent, unwanted, distressing
-Reliving memories (flashbacks)
-Upsetting dreams

-Avoidance
-Avoiding talking about trauma
-Avoiding certain people

-Negative Changes in Mood
-Negative feelings about yourself
-Emotionally numb
-Hopelessness about future
-Difficulty maintaining close relationships

-Changes in Emotional Reactions
-being easily startled or frightened
A Diagnosis of
Billy Pilgrim

Slaughterhouse-Five and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Vietnam War
Sources
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