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The Memories of Billy Pilgrim-Slaughterhouse Five Timeline

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Henry Whitehead

on 11 April 2011

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Transcript of The Memories of Billy Pilgrim-Slaughterhouse Five Timeline

The Memories of Billy Pilgrim- Slaughterhouse Five Timeline 1944- Billy, after one semester of Optometry school, becomes a Chaplain in the War
Billy and Roland are taken captive, Roland has his shoes taken and replaced with old clogs. 1922- Baby Billy Pilgrim is born Billy is sent to the Battle of the Bulge- the last German Offensive Billy is trapped behind German lines, where he meets Roland Weary and two scouts "Well,...There it is." (p89) Billy's feet are photographed Billy and many fellow prisoners of war are put on slow moving train, and on that train, Billy meets Wild Bob "So the coat became a fur collared vest. It was meant to flare at its owner's waist, but the flaring took place at Billy's armpits. The Germans found him to be one of the most screamingly funny things they had seen in all of World War Two. They laughed and laughed." (p90) Billy meets The Englishman, also prisoners of war, on the Czechoslovakian border in "Jerry's" prison camp. Billy witnesses the play Cinderella, performed by large English men While dreaming and high from morhpine,
Billy dreams of Giraffes "Their address was this: Schlachthof-funf." Schlachthof meant slaughterhouse. Funf was good old five." (p153) On February 13th, the Allied Air Force initiate an air attack on the city of Dresden. As Ira C. Eaker, Lieutenant General, U.S.A.F. retired writes: "I Deeply regret that British an U.S. bombers killed 135,000 people in the attack on Dresden, but I remember who started the last war and I regret even more the loss of more than 5,000,000 Allied lives in the necessary effort to completely defeat and utterly destroy nazism." Billy and the soldiers have to "clean up" Dresden, eventually using a flame thrower to cremate bodies on the spot In 1948, after returning from the war and attempting to finish optometry school, Billy checks himself into a hospital, where he meets Eliot Rosewater. Rosewater introduced Billy into the writings of Kilgore Trout, who in 1964 Billy meets. In 1967, Billy is abducted by the people of Tralfamadore. He spends time at a zoo on the alient planet, and there he meets the "blue movie" star Montana Wildhack, whom he has a romantic relationship with. For stealing a teapot from the rubble in Dresden, Edgar Derby was tried and shot. When flying with optometrists over a mountain in Vermont, a plane crashes, and everyone on the plane except for Billy is killed. As Valencia was speeding to her husband's hospital room, she got in a car accident that took out the exhaust pipe in her car, but she drove on, and by the time she reached the hospital she was dead. After meeting Bertram Rumfoord in the hospital, Billy escapes and goes to New York City. In New York, Billy preaches his story of alien abduction to a radio station. After he finished, he was removed from the building. In the end, sitting in his basement, Billy and his blue and ivory feet remembered his life in a seemingly random order, calmly believing in Tralfalmadore and everything associated with his abduction. Billy Pilgrim was happy. He knew he could not change his life, that his life was layed out before him, as if it was a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. It made it easy for him to block out his bitchy, flibbertigibbet daugher. Billy arrives in Dresden; "The boxcar doors were opened, and the doorways framed the loveliest city that most of the Americans had ever seen." (p148)
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