Slaughterhouse-Five Questions and Answers

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Billy is able to display a flippant attitude to death and mortality because he has been influenced by the Tralfamadorians, a strange race of aliens who bring him back to their planet to exhibit him...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020, 9:35 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut's World War II novel Slaughterhouse-Five, published in 1969, is his most widely read, discussed, and taught book. It is a strange book, blending the genres of sci-fi, war novel,...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

The birds in Slaughterhouse-Five make the sound “Poo-tee-weet”—something that is heard after a massacre. The sound “Poo-tee-weet” is a stand-in, a nonsensical noise made by birds that represents...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019, 3:08 am (UTC)

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Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five is steeped in irony. The subtitle of the book, after all, is "The Children's Crusade." He opens the novel by speaking in his own voice and the refrain...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020, 4:11 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

At this point in the story, in chapter 3, Billy finds himself in a boxcar as a prisoner of war. The boxcar is crowded. The other prisoners of war pass around a helmet to be used as a chamber pot....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019, 9:06 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Billy Pilgrim's name in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five has definite symbolic and connotative meanings. We can look at Billy as a common name for a common man that represents all men. We can also...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017, 10:56 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Chapter 1 of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is more of a prologue than a cold opening to the book. In this opening to his difficult-to-categorize but seriously surrealistic novel, Vonnegut...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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Metafiction is a literary device employed in a fiction work that writes about fiction. The term meta generally refers to an astute awareness about something or oneself. Authors using this technique...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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Both conversations in this chapter present all forms of life as if they were bugs trapped in amber. This first is raised when Billy asks why his captors chose to abduct him and why he is now on a...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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This is a particularly interesting quote, because it actually seems to contradict later understandings of time presented through the Tralfamadoreans and their curious way of perceiving past,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

The allusions to Adam and Eve can be seen as a symbolic contrast to the central action of the novel. They are symbols of innocence in high contrast to the folly and violence of war and pettiness...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 6:14 am (UTC)

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Watching the war films in reverse, Billy Pilgrim sees war as restorative and peaceful. The film's action, going backwards, becomes truly inverted. Instead of planes shooting each other they suck...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2013, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five is a very pessimistic book, and also a satire; the tone of the book is almost unrelentingly dark (or funny, depending on the reader's sense of humor), and so its reference to...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012, 1:42 am (UTC)

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In the book, one major life-changing event appears to be the catalyst for Billy's non-linear time travels: his war-induced PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). We know that Billy's devastating...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2016, 1:49 pm (UTC)

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Throughout most of the novel, Billy is living is life in reverse and also in fast forward. He is "unstuck "in time." Seeing the war movie backwards exemplifies Billy's experience of going back to...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2009, 10:25 am (UTC)

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Billy Pilgrim's mother buys a crucifix from a gift shop on a family trip to Santa Fe; though she is not deeply religious, she buys it to make herself feel better in some way. It is a trivializing...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019, 11:28 am (UTC)

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The giraffe passage is an interesting one; it reinforces the themes of alienation and apathy. In Billy Pilgrim's morphine-induced dream, he is a giraffe living among other giraffes. All his giraffe...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2017, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

In Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, the Tralfamadorians are a race of aliens who can see in four dimensions and who uphold the philosophy that death is meaningless. The Tralfamadorians abduct...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016, 12:56 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Good question! If Reagan served as president from 1981 to 1989, and if Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and takes place between the 1920s and 1976, with most of the action happening around...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016, 10:02 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

The word "Listen" in Slaughterhouse-Five serves as a directing word for the reader to understand that the style and focus of the story is about to change. At the beginning of the novel, the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012, 5:35 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

There are several reasons as to why Vonnegut would place himself in his popular novel Slaughterhouse-Five. For one thing, Vonnegut is a noted postmodern writer who frequently deconstructs the...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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The answer depends on what you mean by "really time traveling." Billy does become “unstuck” in time, but it is not clear what that means. In a sense, as other answers have pointed out, the question...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016, 1:41 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Billy Pilgrim is exactly the sort of character that Kurt Vonnegut would make his protagonist, especially in Slaughterhouse-Five. The author is known for his anti-war sentiments that underline most...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019, 11:26 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

For Kurt Vonnegut, a veteran of World War II (the most horrendous period of mass destruction in human history), writing Slaughterhouse-Five was something of a cathartic experience. Vonnegut...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Tone is a highly important element in this novel. It is also, however, a rather complex element of the novel. Vonnegut employs a tone that can be described as wry, bitter, and even outraged. Yet...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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Vonnegut has Billy react this way because the barbershop quartet reminds Billy of the German soldiers when they saw the destruction of their homeland after the bombing of Dresden. Billy, the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016, 4:45 am (UTC)

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Billy Pilgrim, the most unlikely hero (or anti-hero) there ever was in a novel, is shown to be even more of an outcast and an oddity in this chapter through the clothing that is given to him at the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 5 includes two flashbacks to when Billy was twelve and on holiday with his parents. On this holiday, he visits two natural wonders: the Grand Canyon and Carlsbad Caverns. Both experiences...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Edgar Derby was one of the prisoners of war who was in Dresden during the city's incineration by firebombing. He survived in the meat locker with Billy Pilgrim. In chapter 5, Billy remembers in a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019, 4:32 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

During the early 13th century, a group of European children traveled to the Holy Land to spread the word of Christ. This became known as The Children's Crusade. Over the centuries, the precise...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse Five ends on a surprising note, with a bird tweeting "Poo-tee-weet?" to Billy Pilgrim. The ending is certainly not a conventionally happy one. The bird tweets a question that humans...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Billy Pilgrim has trouble sleeping in Slaughterhouse-Five probably as a result of what he has experienced during world war two. Pilgrim experiences the battle of the bulge and the fire-bombing of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

If we accept that anything presented in Kurt Vonnegut's novel is true, then we have to accept that Billy Pilgrim's experiences with the Tralfamadorians are real. Vonnegut constructs a...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019, 4:55 am (UTC)

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The English prisoners of the Germans are having a much different POW (prisoner of war) experience than Billy is. They have commandeered plentiful supplies through a paper error. Due to the wealth...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut uses imagery of light and darkness in various ways in his novel titled Slaughterhouse Five. Examples include the following: At one point, Billy Pilgrim becomes “unstuck in time” and...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012, 3:02 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five can be considered a kind of narrative pastiche in that it is written in a non-sequential way, assembling bits and pieces from different timelines which, in effect, also...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

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...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013, 5:06 pm (UTC)

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Though it's subtle enough that many readers probably would not recognize it, Vonnegut is arguably satirizing "conventional" science fiction in Slaughterhouse Five. A striking aspect of the novel is...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse Five presents elements of science-fiction and satire, but is most often categorized as literary fiction. This is true for several reasons, the most prominent simply being Kurt...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 5:41 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

There are a few ways to approach this question. Thematically, the fact that Billy is "unstuck" in time supports the idea that the past and the present are inextricably connected. ‘‘All moments,...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

The differences between the two deaths on the ninth day are characterised by self-awareness. The forty-year-old hobo is described as being completely unaware, either consciously or unconsciously,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

The novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is filled with satirical jabs at the United States and its relation to war and violence. The novel deals primarily with events that happen during...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 9:12 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

By focusing on images of destruction, brutality and the psychological derailment of the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut presents a clear anti-war stance. His approach to conveying this message...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016, 5:07 pm (UTC)

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The links between the Germans and the Tralfamadoreans are highlighted in this chapter through reference to free will and the reasons why things happen. This is shown when an American prisoner is...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2012, 9:57 pm (UTC)

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There are two episodes in particular that relate to this question. The first depicts Billy's experience being thrown into a pool. His father tells him that he is going to teach Billy to swim by...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five is a largely anti-war text showing not only the terrible physical destruction that war can bring, as in the firebombing of Dresden, but also the psychological trauma that a...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is concerned with war and the dehumanization it causes. A number of issues come up in Vonnegut’s postmodern treatment of WWII. Among these, the tension between...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018, 12:51 am (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

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...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 5:56 am (UTC)

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Kurt Vonnegut emphasizes the disconnect between appearance and reality in several ways. The author presents Billy Pilgrim’s story largely as Billy’s understanding of his experiences, but he also...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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Slaughterhouse-Five

In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut uses repetition and verbal irony (understatement and litote) to reveal that Billy Pilgrim has experienced many deaths and that death is inevitable....

Latest answer posted May 14, 2010, 6:09 am (UTC)

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