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Chapter 1 In this first chapter we see that the book is based on real events Vonnegut like the narrator is a veteran of World War II an earlier prisoner of war and a witness to a great massacre Vonnegut shares with us that he cant write about the horror of Dresden There is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre but he feels that he has to say something The book shows the authors struggle to find a way to write about what he saw so that it neither makes it seem good or bad We keep this in the back of our minds as we read about Billy Pilgrims life The author is a character in the narrative He is Kurt Vonnegut the former POW and he speaks of the many times he has tried and failed to write this book It is Kurt Vonnegut too who says the first So it goes after relating that the mother of his taxi driver during his visit to Dresden in 1967 was incinerated in the Dresden attack So it goes is repeated after every death It becomes a slogan ralfamadorian philosophy something you will find out about later But because the phrase is first uttered by Vonnegut writing as Vonnegut each So it goes seems to come directly from the author Chapter One also hints that time will be an important thing to follow The author was going around and around in circles trying to create a timeline He felt like he was stuck inside a childrens song that repeats itself again and again and againThe childrens songs last line is also the first Only when the author begins to think about time about returning over and over to the events of someones life about moments existing for eternity in no particular order is he able to break through twenty years of writers block and write Slaughterhouse Five Chapter 2
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