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Slaughterhouse-Five AP Teaching Unit
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- In satire, the reader can’t take characters and events at face value, but must reach his or her own conclusions about deeper meanings. Often, the writer intends the reader to judge harshly. The unusual wrinkle in this novel is that Vonnegut himself appears in the book and expresses a similar outlook to that of the characters. Should we take Vonnegut at face value? How should we judge, for instance, his “So it goes,” indifference to death and war?
- What is your judgment of Billy Pilgrim and what he represents? Does he deserve your sympathy? your blame?
- What is Vonnegut’s view of religion, science, government, industry and other modern institutions? What is the evidence for your view?
- How does Slaughterhouse-Five represent a modern or postmodern work of art? What similarities and/or differences does it have with other works of art of the time period?
- Imagery is perhaps Vonnegut’s most powerful literary tool in Slaughterhouse-Five. Explain the function of images in the book.
- Compare and contrast images of paradise versus calamity in Slaughterhouse-Five and explain the use of such contrasting images.
- Compare Tralfamadorians and the Nazis. How are they similar? Where in the novel does the author make such links? Does Billy—the Everyman—share any of the same characteristics as these two groups? What is Vonnegut suggesting with these comparisons?
- To what degree is Slaughterhouse-Five an anti-war novel, a protest against the Vietnam Conflict, or World War II, etc.?
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