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Vonneguts Illustration of Destructiveness of War Slaughterhouse-Five was written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr in 1953 Whether the book is an antiwar novel or a science fiction novel is ambiguous but after writing this book Vonnegut insists that it was a failure Failure it is not according to many critics Rather than just writing an anti-warscience fiction novel Vonnegut wrote a tale of the trials and tribulations resulting from the complete and utter destruction of Dresden during World War II In Slaughterhouse-Five Vonnegut develops the protagonist Billy Pilgrim along with utilizing science fiction and satire to demonstrate the destructiveness of war Vonnegut uses satire and fiction to ironically display the destructiveness of war In Slaughterhouse-Five Vonnegut comes at last in direct confrontation with his Dresden experience Keogh and Kislatis 172 John Somer adds It took him twenty three years to write his lousy little book 222 In fact because Vonnegut found it so difficult to write about the bombing of Dresden He comments on the reality of Dresden by treating the problems as fiction Giannone 83 One critic establishes that Vonnegut enjoys playing with fiction using it to represent truth or reality Meeter 208-209 Glenn Meeter adds that Billy alone is a separate version of the role of fiction in the novel by describing his space adventures and time warps 210-211 Billys character is satirical in itself for he is a weak and feeble man not fit to fight a war Ironically JG Keogh and Edward Kislastis agree At the core of the characterization of Billy Pilgrim is the conception of war as a childrens crusade 182 Vonnegut introduces Edgar Derby to further strengthen the ills of war I think the climax of the book will be the execution of poor old Edgar DerbyThe irony is so great A whole city gets burned down and thousands and thousands of people are killed And then this one American foot soldier is arrested in the
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