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Slaughterhouse Five - Manipulation of Time and Place Kurt Vonneguts manipulation of time and place adds a science- fiction element to Slaughterhouse-Five Structarally the novel is far from traditional Billy Pilgrim the protagonist jumps from place to place and is in a constant time warp while on the planet Tralfamadore Since Vonnegut uses the planet Tralfamadore and the Tralfamadorian people to take Billy from place to place and time frame to time frame in the novel he constantly respects the phrase So it goes which describes the Tralfamadorians view of death Vonneguts manipulation of time and place is definitely unusual Billy an optometrist in Ilium New York finds himself time tripping with the people on Tralfamadore To the Tralfamadorians time does not exist Billy can be on Tralfamadore for years while only being absent from earth for a microsecond 26 Billys time tripping also allows Vonnegut to join the three main settings and experiences of the book the horrors of the war and Dresden Billys normal life in Illim and his time on Tralfamadore Billy has no control over his being in a time warp In the midst of his life in New York he will suddenly find himself Tralfamadore he has become unstuck in time 22 The Tralfamadorians eventually show Billy the important moments of his life but they do not always show them in sequence They do this so Billy can fully understand the true reasons for and the importance of the events Vonnegut also uses this tactic of time manipulation He tells and shows the occurrences of Billys life in a juxtaposed manner which parallels the time tripping The time tripping and being unstuck in time allow Vonnegut to present the events of the war in a sequence through which they would have the greatest impact on the reader Vonneguts manipulation of time and place in Slaughterhouse-Five allows
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