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Summary of Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim the main character in chronological order starting with Billys capture and imprisonment by Germany during World War II This story is interspersed with incidents of Billys life on earth before and after the war and from his fantasy voyage to the planet Tralfamadore The plot is somewhat autobiographical in reference to Kurt Vonnegut Jr This book has a lot of minor characters For this reason only Kurt Vonnegut Jr as the narrator and Billy Pilgrim are fully developed Some of the minor characters are also included in other novels The novel starts with Kurt Vonnegut Jr as the narrator telling about his frustrating desire to write a novel about the war However he is not able to remember much about the war Vonnegut travels with Bernard V OHare in Dresden in 1967 While in a taxi they see the slaughterhouse where they had been kept as prisoners during World War II We are slowly introduced to Billy Pilgrim who was born in Illium New York in 1922 He is tall and weak and not ambitious He became rich partly by his good fortune an partly because he marries a rich woman Billy was in the infantry in Europe in World War II as a chaplains assistant He was taken prisoner by the Germans and kept in the slaughterhouse along with Vonnegut in Dresden He survived the Allied bombing along with Vonnegut only because the meat locker where he was kept was underground Billys time-tripping which refers to his visits to the planet Tralfamadore starts shortly before his capture by the Germans in 1944 Billy begins to move back and forth through his life in a random sequence of events During his lifetime he is in both Illium New York as an optometrist and Tralfamadore where he among other things mates with the pornography
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