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Slaughterhouse FiveSlaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr was written as a general statement against all wars The novel can be divided into several distinct stories all combined to convey one theme The major theme focuses around the central character of Billy Pilgrim before during and after the war Vonnegut himself plays a major role in the novel as narrator and witness of World War II The difficulties in the writing of the actual novel itself are also examined in the novel All of these issues revolve around the main theme of the novel-- the shock and outrage over the havoc and destruction man is capable of wreaking in the name of what he labels a worthy cause Schatt 84 The novel also deals with learning to understand and accept these horrors and one s feelings about them Vonnegut had tremendous difficulty writing this novel He says I thought it would be easy for me to write about the destruction of Dresden since all I would have to do would be to report what I had seen 2 He did not count on his emotions interfering with his attempts at a factual and logical report of such atrocities It took Vonnegut twenty years to directly face his private demon of the firebombing of Dresden in the form of this novel Lundquist 48 He had trouble recalling any memories of substance about his time in Dresden It could be said that he was blinded by the fire-bombs of Dresden It was not until Vonnegut returned to the sight of the bombing twenty years later along with one of his war buddies that he was able to recall the humorous and horrific incidents in Dresden The novel served as a form of therapy for Vonnegut It enabled him to examine the events of the past that impacted on his life and to come to terms with them Slaughterhouse-Five takes place during World War II Vonnegut chooses to
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