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How does the structure of second chapter resemble that of the first?

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tanya111 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM via web

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How does the structure of second chapter resemble that of the first?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 1, 2012 at 5:56 AM (Answer #1)

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The first and second chapters share many formal and structural similarities, which are also present across the entire novel.

The most characteristic structural element of Slaughterhouse Five is the book's use of very short sections. Sections are sometimes as short as two paragraphs in the first and second chapters, as they are in the rest of the novel.

Another formal characteristic of Slaughterhouse Five is the broken time-line or non-linear narrative. Events take place out of order, yet are usually topically or thematically related to one another so that a sense of cohesion remains connecting each section, though the connection is often not a logical/time connection.

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