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What are some essay topics that would be good for Slaughterhouse-Five?I dont need...

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deedeee26 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2011 at 7:20 AM via web

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What are some essay topics that would be good for Slaughterhouse-Five?

I dont need you guys to write the essay for me, I just need help. Thanks!(:

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 15, 2011 at 8:20 AM (Answer #2)

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Numerous possible essay topics exist for Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.

  • How the form (episodic or collage-like narrative, rather than linear structure) reflects Billy's state of mind.
  • How the form reflects the Trafalmadorian experience of time and the Trafalmadorian novel.
  • The novel as anti-war.
  • The novel as reflecting post-modern philosophy and literary theory.
  • Authorial intervention in the novel.
  • Isolation in the novel.
  • What the novel reveals about human existence.
  • The novel as satire.
  • The extent of biography in the novel.

These are just a few of the possibilities.  I suggest reading the enotes Study Guide on the novel for more.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 29, 2012 at 5:48 AM (Answer #4)

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Post #2 offers quite a few good thesis ideas. If you were to want to include several topics listed in that post in one essay, you might select a thesis exploring the inter-connection of form/structure and theme in the novel.

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