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In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut takes the chance to write about war from a disenchanted soldiers perspective and show his negative view of war The novel essentially takes place during World War II although it does skip around to other times during the main characters life Vonnegut himself fought in World War II as a youth and the war left him with lasting impressions He wrote the novel during the Vietnam War a controversial war in the US in which many young people had to fight In his novel Slaughterhouse Five Vonnegut effectively states and shows his anti-war stance in order to demonstrate what a truly horrific thing war is The first chapter which is actually written from Vonneguts perspective holds many clues to the novels intent Mary OHare gets upset because she thinks that Vonnegut will write a war novel in which he is going to glorify himself and the other soldiers and show war as a heroic and marvelous thing She believes that books and movies which glorify war lead to more wars in which young people fight and die Vonnegut assures her however that he will not show the war this way He says that He will call it The Childrens Crusade because he and many others were too young for war at the time the novel was being written many young people were fighting in Vietnam 15 The fact that the subtitle of the novel is The Childrens Crusade also shows that this crusade the war was pitiable and sad many people who were too young to die died as a result of the war and did as the results of many other wars throughout history Billy Pilgrim the novels main character is therefore portrayed as a young almost helpless soldier who had no helmet no overcoat no weapon and no bootsHe didnt look like a soldier at all He looked like a filthy flamingo 33 and not as a
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