Consider the subtitle of Slaughterhouse Five, The Children’s Crusade. In chapter 1, Vonnegut explains this subtitle as being homage to all the young men fighting in WWII. How is this further demonstrated in chapter 7? Also, consider the origins of the word “infantry.” The ancient Romans coined this term in reference to the young soldiers (“infants”) who would be first to enter battle, and often the first to be killed. In our modern sense, the infantry is still the front line of soldiers, the first to see battle. What is Vonnegut’s opinion about this?
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