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The Use of Literary Devices in Kurt Vonneguts Slaughterhouse-five Kurt Vonnegut used many literary devices in his novel Slaughterhouse-five These different devices serve to carry his varying themes through the story He uses a system of two narratives that separates himself from the story also there is the repetition of certain phrases which cycle you through the tale A major device that is used is non-linear time which emphasizes Vonneguts cylindrical theories Within Slaughterhouse-five there are two narratives The first is of Vonnegut himself In the first and last chapters Vonnegut talks of himself and sets the reader up for the absurdity of the main character Billy Pilgrim This first narrative also tells how Vonnegut came to write the story and what it took for him to put it on paper Vit The second narrative is that of Billy Pilgrim whose war story of Dresden is almost identical to that of authors Vonnegut points this fact out That was me That was I That was the author of this bookVonnegut p125 In the novel there are a few phrases that are repeated to pound out Vonneguts message One of these phrases is so it goes These three little words are found over a hundred times within Slaughterhouse-five So it goes is a Tralfamadorian philosophy The Tralfamadorians believe that life is just a series of non-linear moments and that if someone is dead in one moment they must perfectly happy in another moment somewhere elseVonnegut Every time someone in the novel dies so it goes is used to help the reader accept the death of that person It also tells us that there is nothing we can do about it and to get on with living Phillips This little saying is even used when Billy Pilgrim himself dies In the next moment Billy Pilgrim is dead So it goes Vonnegut p143 The structure of Slaughterhouse-five relies heavily on the idea of non-linear time
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