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Slaughterhouse-Five centers around one of the most horrific massacres of World War II the firebombing of the eastern German city Dresden on February 13th 1945 About 130000 innocent people died in Dresden most incinerated or suffocated from the firestorm This unimaginable destruction inspired Kurt Vonnegut a prisoner of war who survived the bombing to write this book For over 20 years this event haunted him to the point where he was unable to write the systematic linear narrative which is so common in most novels He finally was able to retell this story with Billy Pilgrim who was unstuck in time Billy Pilgrim experiences his life jumping from moment to moment and in this lays the basic structure of the novel It is in this way that Vonnegut is able to tell the untellable tale of his experiences in Dresden Kurt Vonnegut employs quick brusque paragraphs that jump forward and backward in time to convey his anti-war themes The novel Slaughterhouse-Five is completely unique in its structure Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time making the plot line skip from one event to another with no respect to time and order The narrator adopts the Tralfamadorian way in writing his book In chapter five one of Billys captors explains the Tralfamadorian novelThere isnt any particular relationship between the messages except that the author has chosen them carefully so that when seen all at once they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep There is no beginning no middle no end no suspense no moral no causes no effects What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time 88Vonnegut has clearly copied this style of writing and applied it to his story Taking Slaughterhouse-Five apart by sections would reveal nothing about Vonneguts message and would be hard to follow and understand like the Tralfamadorian book Vonnegut reveals in the first chapter about this
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