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Transcript of Slaughterhouse Five
Vonnegut's Initial Motivations
His war experience
To show war effects
Intention of writing anti-war book
About negatives of war
Vonnegut introduces his friend Bernard V. O'Hare no fewer than three separate times in the first chapter because with every trip to time, they find that they are self's indifferent situation.
Shows how dream must go on
Everybody will die at one point
Chapter 1 & 2
Written in the narrator point of view (first person)
Shows his opinions about what's going on
Doesn't mater what we do, can't change things
Doesn't mean to give up but at least try to attempt it
Vonnegut & O'Hare
Vonnegut tells O'Hare that he should kill "poor old Edgar Derby because it changes the climax of the story.
References to Machines in Ch.1
Infers that machines are dangerous and they are going to be the death of the people.
Extraordinary Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
References to Sleeping and waking
They signify that Billy Pilgram may never really wake up, so, in a sense, they refer his sleep to time travel and him being stuck in time.
To show what he was reading.
The Gideon Bible & the story of Lot
How does the structure of the second chapter resemble that of the first?
They are both told in the first person perspective and both has the repetitive phrase "so it goes".
To say that death is extremely repetitive
To show that it is pointless to be sad
"So it goes"
The aliens are described as a foot tall creatures that look funny but they think the same about human.
Examples: "Billy has gone to sleep a senile widower and awakened on his wedding day. He has walked through a door in 1955 and come out another one in 1941."
Satirical View of Organized Religion
Religion is silly because everyone must die and it is part of life.
Insipid, fat and mean
Represents America as Vonnegut sees America
We are obese, unfit, yet still fighting battles and wars
That he will finally be awake.
Billy Becomes Unstuck in Time
Forgetful about the war
Implies that we often forget about the past
"Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time?"
He threw out time
Not an ordinary person because of the war
To show how ridiculously man kind is
To bring in a sense of laughter in a serious subject such as war and death.
Bernard V. O'Hare
The mass crowds later will find out that the children crusade is a fraud.
He mentions very important information in the text that you have to read thoroughly to catch it because it is Rifht after the killing of thousand of people and it's a little ironic.
Chapter 1 is mainly describing time and its meaning to the book. Because of Dresden and all of his memories, his life had ceased to be linear.
Chapter 2 - Billy chronological jumping and military experience provides a contrast to the fantasies of the anti tank gunner and his fantasies come in part from deep loneliness.