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Critical Thinking and Research Paper Writing Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five bu Kurt Vonnegut is more interesting for me to discuss all categories studied in the lecture t is one of the fantastic stories Slaughterhouse Five of Kurt Vonnegut is a very personal novel which draws Vonneguts own experience in World War Two He was a prisoner of war and a witness to the fire-bombing of Dresden The novel narrates the life of Bill Pilgrim including his experince in the Second World War The Dresden Slaughterhouse is a place where American prisoners are kept Vonnegut manages to tell the reader many things and it is hard to decidewhat exactly is the main theme It is a novel about war about the cruelty and violence done in war about people and their nature their selfishness about love humanitymotion and death Structure of Slaughterhouse-Five The book has two narratives One is personal and the other is impersonal t is impersonal as it is the story of Billy Pilgrim who fights in World War Two He is taken as a prisoner by the Germans and witnesses the fire-storming of Dresden The personal narrative is Vonneguts own story about writing a book about the worst experience of his life Billy Pilgrim can uncontrollably move from one part of his life to another The novel does not follow a traditional chronological order but jumps from the presetn to the past to a different present back to a different past and so on t does this by using fiction elements Billy can see his past present and future similtaniously The whole narration is written in the past tense so that the reader cannot identify where the authors starting point is This aspect of the book is identical with the Tralfamadorian type of books t is a technique learned from the Tralfamadorians who have captured him and taken him back to their planet
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