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Plot Summary, Character Analysis, Significant Passage, Visual

Makenzie L.

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
The Children's Crusade

Plot Summary
Character Analysis
Literary Devices/
Significant Passage
Literary Connection
Literary Analysis
the end.
Bernard V. O'Hare
Mary O'Hare
Gerhard Müller
Ronald Weary
Wild Bob
Paul Lazzaro
Edgar Derby
Valencia Merble
Eliot Rosewater
so it goes.
How does this character contribute to the theme?
How does the character develope?
Billy Pilgrim
Shaped like a "coca-cola bottle"
Literally prefers sinking to swimming
Child-like - Billy, not William
Always taken advantage of
Ends up wearing an azure toga and silver boots
The anti-hero
main character
"Billy had a framed prayer on his office wall which expressed his method for keeping going, even though he was unenthusiastic about living. A lot of patients who saw the prayer on Billy’s wall told him that it helped them to keep going, too. It went like this:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom always to tell the difference.”
Among the things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future."
“If I hadn’t spent so much time studying Earthlings,” said the Tralfamadorian, “I wouldn’t have any idea what was meant by ‘free will.’ I’ve visited thirty-one inhabited planets in the universe, and I have studied reports on one hundred more. Only on Earth is there any talk of free will.”
"Nothing is negotiable in a universe of predefined, structured moments."
Billy Pilgrim is an
ill-trained solider who dislikes war and was captured by Germans in the Battle of the Bulge.
He and fellow prisoners are put in an old slaughterhouse where they survive the Dresden Fire bombing.
From the planet Tralfamadore
Can see into 4th dimension, which means they can see
"All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. [They] can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance."
Mantra whenever something dies: "So it goes."
Destroyed 15 square miles of city
22,000–25,000 people killed
Dresden Firebombing of World War II
Kilgore Trout
Werner Gluck
Montana Wildhack
Barbara Pilgrim
Howard W. Campbell, Jr.
Bertram C. Rumfoord
Lily Rumfoord
Robert Pilgrim
Billy’s mother
Billy’s father
Free will: Masters of our destiny or puppets on a string?
Billy was also abducted by aliens & travels randomly through time - "unstuck in time"

Switches from war experiences, working as an Optometrist, living in the zoo on the planet Tralfamadore with Montana Wildhack, being killed by an insane gunman, etc.
"Become Unstuck" by Tim Doyle
Theme Statement
Wife, Valencia Merble
Daughter, Barbara
Son, Robert
Zero to hero - flunkie to green beret
Shows positive outcomes of war
Fat woman who likes candy bars and expensive things
{Billy is emotionally distant from all of his family}
Thinks Billy is insane
Represents the bewildered children of WWII
free will is an illusion
Slaughterhouse - Maus
Experience the characters life during WWII Fathers are survivors of WWII
Reaping the results:
Going insane
Incredibly stingy
Unappreciated & misunderstood by children
Casualties are, indeed, casual.
"Nu? So life goes." (122)
"So it goes." (Found 106 times throughout the book)
happiness is found when one realizes that free will does not exist
"Little Billy was terrified, because his father had said Billy was going to learn to swim by the method of sink-or-swim. His father was going to throw Billy into the deep end, and Billy was going to damn well swim.

It was like an execution. . . . [Billy] dimly sensed that somebody was rescuing him. Billy resented that." (55)
Sanweet's Lawyer: Mr. Sansweet didn't ask to be saved, Mr. Sansweet didn't want to be saved! And the injuries received from Mr. Incredible's "Actions" so called, causes him daily pain!
Mr. Incredible: Hey, I saved your life!
Mr. Sansweet: You didn't save my life! You ruined my death! That's what you did!
No free will - Billie didn't want to swim, he didn't want to be saved.
Billy can't control where he goes or who he is - 1/2 him as a solider, 1/2 as a businessman looking through a phoropter = can only see the present.
Analyze at least 3 (diction, imagery, sintax, tone, metaphor/simile)
-not many literary devices-
"like execution" - emphasizes lack of free will
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