Does Slaughterhouse-Five succeed as an anti-war book?
This is a great question to consider. I would argue that this book does succeed as an anti-war book. Let us remember that throughout all of Billy's toing and froing, the main focus of the story is on Billy as he nearly dies of asphyxiation during the firebombing of Dresden, which was one of the most questionable "atrocities" in the war after the Holocaust. The fact that this act was committed by the allies really makes us think about war and its inherent destructiveness. Many times the narrator seems to struggle to state the purpose of his story, for...
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