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Is Billy Pilgrim really a time traveling? How do you know this?

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ms2you | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM via web

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Is Billy Pilgrim really a time traveling? How do you know this?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM (Answer #1)

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The question is somewhat misleading because part of the explanation for jumping back and forth in time was the fact that, particularly from the perspective of the Tralfamadorians that there is no such thing as time, what has happened and what will happen is part of an all-encompassing present, such that he might jump around, but he is not actually travelling from one time to another, just being aware at different points in the continuing motion of it.

One could argue that he is not, since his actual presence and then disappearance at any particular time would certainly cause disruptions, and there never appear to be incidents where he suddenly shows up without having been present before.  So at least in my interpretation, he is not necessarily traveling, just having his awareness moved to different points in his life as it is continuously happening, a la the Tralfamadorian perspective.

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