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The Themes of Slaughterhouse-Five The first theme of Slaughterhouse-Five and perhaps the most obvious is the war and its contrast with love beauty humanity innocence etc Slaughterhouse-Five like Vonneguts previous books manages to tell us that war is bad for us and that it would be better for us to love one another To find the wars contrast with love is quite difficult because the book doesnt talk about any couple that was cruelly torn apart by the war Billy didnt seem to love his wife very much for example V onnegut expresses it very lightly uses the word love very rarely yet effectively He tries to look for love and beauty in things that seemingly are neither lovely nor beautiful For example when Billy was captured by the group of Germans he didnt see them as a cruel enemy but as normal innocent people Billy looked up at the face that went with the clogs It was the face of a blond angel of a fifteen-year-old boy The boy was as beautiful as Eve Vonnegut 1969 p53 An interesting contrast in Vonneguts books is the one between men and women Male characters are often engaging in fights and wars and females try to prevent them from it The woman characters are often mentally strong have strong will and are very humane and loving A good example is Vonneguts dialogue in the first chapter when he talks with his old friend OHare in front of OHares wife Then she turned to me let me see how angry she was and that the anger was for me She had been talking to herself so what she said was a fragment of a much larger conversation You were just babies then she said What I said
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