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To me Slaughterhouse Five is a novel written to show the horror of war This is shown by the means of the protagonist- Billy Pilgrim Billys phsychic journeys symbolize the wounded soul in need of relief from the horrors of modern life Harris last 2 lines I happen to disagree with one part of this statement I think that Billys journeys symbolize the wounded soul in need of relief from the horrors of war I disagree with Mrs Harris because when I read the story when I saw how miserable Billy was with his life wife job etc it still didnt make me feel that this was the reason for Billys phsychic journeys As I read on I became positive that the reason for Billys journeys was definitly the Dresden bombing as it was quoted Billys response to the holocaust Dresden is to escape into an imaginary kidnaping at the hands of the TralfamadoriansThis existential determinnism enables Billy to endure the trauma of Dresden and to live with the threat of apocalypse it also makes him an ethical basket case Magill 2729 The Tralfamadorian episodes that Billy goes through are in my opinion ways that the author conveys his anti-war message Vonnegut uses the Tralfamadorians to show how war is useless and he uses them to insinuate that war is part of the human nature This point is proven by one of the Tralfamadorians directly saying that humans will turn to war for the slightest things and they are a warlike people Again we can use the Tralfamadorian escapes as a way to convey the message of the author-- we see from the bombing of Dresden that in the eyes of the author whose feelings are channeled through Billy war is pointless Billy thinks to himself Why would
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