Plot[ edit ] The story is told in a nonlinear order, and events become clear through flashbacks or time travel experiences from the unreliable narrator. He describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes he was held in an alien zoo and has experienced time travel.
Biography[ edit ] Family and early life[ edit ] Kurt Vonnegut Jr. He was the youngest of three children of Kurt Vonnegut Sr. His older siblings were Bernard born and Alice born Vonnegut was descended from German immigrants who settled in the United States in the midth century; his patrilineal great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut of WestphaliaGermany, settled in Indianapolis and founded the Vonnegut Hardware Company.
Thus, they did not teach their youngest son German or introduce him to German literature and tradition, leaving him feeling "ignorant and rootless. So she was as great an influence on me as anybody.
When the Great Depression hit, few people could afford to build, causing clients at Kurt Sr.
His father withdrew from normal life and became what Vonnegut called a "dreamy artist". While there, he played clarinet in the school band and became a co-editor along with Madelyn Pugh for the Tuesday edition of the school newspaper, The Shortridge Echo.
Vonnegut said his tenure with the Echo allowed him to write for a large audience—his fellow students—rather than for a teacher, an experience he said was "fun and easy". He wanted to study the humanities or become an architect like his father, but his father [b] and brother, a scientist, urged him to study a "useful" discipline.
He later penned a piece, "Well All Right", focusing on pacifisma cause he strongly supported,  arguing against U.
Army uniform between and The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U. He was placed on academic probation in May and dropped out the following January.
No longer eligible for a student defermenthe faced likely conscription into the United States Army. Instead of waiting to be drafted, he enlisted in the army and in March reported to Fort BraggNorth Carolina, for basic training.
She was inebriated at the time and under the influence of prescription drugs. In Decemberhe fought in the Battle of the Bulgethe final German offensive of the war.
Over members of the division were killed and over 6, were captured. On December 22, Vonnegut was captured with about 50 other American soldiers. During the journey, the Royal Air Force bombed the prisoner trains and killed about men.
He lived in a slaughterhouse when he got to the city, and worked in a factory that made malt syrup for pregnant women. Vonnegut recalled the sirens going off whenever another city was bombed. The Germans did not expect Dresden to get bombed, Vonnegut said. On February 13,Dresden became the target of Allied forces.
In the hours and days that followed, the Allies engaged in a fierce firebombing of the city. Vonnegut marveled at the level of both the destruction in Dresden and the secrecy that attended it.
He had survived by taking refuge in a meat locker three stories underground. They burnt the whole damn town down.Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5: Summary When one begins to analyze a military novel it is important to first look at the historical context in which the book was written. On the nights of February in the city of Dresden, Germany was subjected to one of .
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and Joseph Heller's Catch use similar motifs to convey their common anti-war message. Although it is truly difficult for any author to communicate the true nature of war in a work of literature, both novels are triumphant in . Two Sides of Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five - Two Sides of Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five War can destroy.
War can teach. In Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse Five, the central character, Billy Pilgrim, is the outcome of a test. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death () is a science fiction-infused anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut about the World War II experiences and journeys through time of Billy Pilgrim, from his time as an American soldier and chaplain's assistant, to postwar and early years.
Kurt Vonnegut - The novel’s author and a minor character.
Vonnegut himself was a prisoner of war during the firebombing of Dresden, and he periodically inserts himself in the narrative, as when he becomes the incontinent soldier in the latrine in the German prison camp.
Slaughterhouse Five, or Shlachthof-Funf as it is said in German, is not an easy read. The plot is very sporadic and strange and will keep you up saying to yourself,"What was that supposed to mean?" and other questions along that line which does detract from the story, but otherwise it was an incredible book.4/5(1).