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Kurt Vonnegut Jr wrote Slaughter House Five in revolt 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 Vonnegut had in the writing of the actual novel are also examined in the novel All of these issues revolve around the main theme 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 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 Vonnegut 2 He did not count on his emotions getting in the way with his attempts of doing this 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 importance about his time in Dresden In order for Vonnegut to write his Dresden novel he had to find a way to not glorify the effects of war After twenty years of struggle he finally found a way to do that by making a fictional character Billy Pilgrim and making this character somewhat psychotic He made Pilgrim imagine a dream world in which he learned all new concepts of time Kurt Vonnegut Jrs usage of time in his novel Slaughterhouse Five is an ironic jump from past to present to the dream world of Tralfalmadore as he tells the story of the fictional character Billy Pilgrim It was not until Vonnegut returned to the sight of the bombing twenty years later along with
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