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Could theirs be the ideal society Its quite possible Vonneguts portrayal of the extraterrestrials known as Tralfamadorians is nothing short of amazing Their knowledge insight and beliefs are both stunning and thought-provoking To be quite honest it was the only element of the story that grasped and kept my attention Who would have thought that upon opening a book titled Slaughter House-Five that they would have been greeted by aliens resembling toilet plungers and swept away to another planet Although the Tralfamadorians did add an interesting twist to the plot of the story one still has to wonder what Vonneguts purpose for planting an alien race into his supposed anti-war book is The Tralfamadorians had a significant influence on Billy Pilgrimss life and the way he looked at life in general Throughout Billys life he was surrounded by death- he was the lone survivor of a plane wreck survived the bombing that demolished the city of Dresden his wife died of carbon-monoxide poisoning and so on but he doesnt mourn the same way most Americans do As Billy puts it Now when I myself hear that someone is dead I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people which is So it goes 27 What exactly is that supposed to mean As Billy explained itwhen a person dies he only appears to die He is still very much alive in the past so it is very silly to cry at his funeral All moments past present and future always have existed always will exist The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains for instance They can see how permanent all the moments are and they can look at any moment that interests them It is just an illusion we have here on earth that one moment follows another one like beads on a string and that once
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