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In the books Slaughterhouse-Five and Mother Night the author Kurt Vonnegut Jr presents the reader with two entirely different plots and story lines The underlying theme for both books however is the same stop mindless war stop mindless genocide of the human race stop hatred for one another These zealous antiwar sentiments stem from Vonneguts personal experiences during World War II An American ground soldier Vonnegut was captured and held in the German city of Dresden During his captivity the Allied forces fire bombed Dresden killing 135000 inhabitants destroying hospitals schools apartment buildings After the bombing Vonnegut was assigned the dreadful task of removing and cremating corpses that were rotting throughout city Recollecting this horrific experience Vonnegut used his books as a vehicle for emotional truth namely hatred for war and murder The pain of that day was so huge that Vonnegut could not write about it or make reference to it in his books until Slaughterhouse-Five published in 1969 The conviction of an antiwar book emerges more evidently in Slaughterhouse-Five The main character Billy Pilgrim Vonnnegut himself a soldier for the Allies during World War II and just like Vonnegut is captured by the Nazis and held captive in Dresden where he witnesses the same tragedy as Vonnegut did Pilgrim however comes out of the war a crazed lunatic He has the hallucination that aliens tralfamadores abduct him and make him a exhibit in zoo He greatly admires these trafalmadores because they have no sense of time the see things from beginning to end and therefore have the power of seeing destiny and of time travel According to Pilgrim they grant him the power to travel through time and seeing all events from beginning to end Pilgrim asks them Why me they answer to prove their power of seeing things as a whole Why you why anything there is no why Vonnegut uses these trafalmadores as the utopian ideal society
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