Slaughterhouse-Five Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Start Your Free Trial

What is the significance of time-travel in Slaughterhouse-Five?

Expert Answers info

Bruce Bergman eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Professor


calendarEducator since 2011

write3,640 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

Time-travel works on at least two levels or toward two purposes in this novel.

1. Time-travel is a thematic element of the novel, relating to notions of fragmented self/identity and to the persistence of memory as it emerges (uncontrollably) in the present. Billy cannot remain in one moment just as the narrator/Vonnegut character is drawn to re-live the past while living in the "present". Both these figures are challenged to...

(The entire section contains 203 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial