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Once in a while literary work is created that stirs up many minds seems to never go away Those books usually speak out about something that is deeply rooted in society Evil they speak out against it One of those works is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut It is a masterpiece of modern writing As the story in the book unravels there are several recurrent themes stated through a variety of literary techniques The most striking theme is self-righteousness versus evil Amazingly enough Vonnegut reveals self-righteousness as a force for evil In the name of justice a glorious end to a war man commits injustice bombing of Dresden By the same means the author uses the feeling of nationalism Nationalism makes people blind to their faults and emphasizes Others shortcomings War quickly reduced a self-righteous nation to the moral level of the enemy and yet it stayed justified War makes it difficult for a human being to achieve its fullest potential That is the nature of war It turns humans into passive conforming sheep that lose their humanity to do justice for their nation It is difficult to write about war Most modern literature tends to glorify it That action is not intended it simply happens through direct approach to the facts that todays drama requires Vonnegut through his chaotic indirect approach shows the other nature of war the not so glorious one Even Vonnegut once said Art must represent not the results but the process in order to represent the situation better Vonnegut transfers the horror of the war to the reader through the confusion of the main character Billy Pilgrim Billy seems to travel in time or the objective time The novel presents that mechanical time as only one weight of measure it totally shuts out the idea of multi- dimensional free flowing time only adding confusion to Billy and in turn the reader All
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