Slaughterhouse-Five Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Who is the speaker in Slaughterhouse-Five and how does that person change throughout the novel?

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The narrator of this book is, in an unusual twist, the author as well. Vonnegut has inserted himself into the story and acts both as a character and as the narrator and author. This is a form of third-person limited, but it breaks the fourth wall by bringing the story writer into the story itself. He writes the story after having survived a wartime siege by being kept in the basement of a slaughterhouse, for which the novel is obviously named.

Throughout the story, the narrator acts as a companion to the main protagonist of the story, Billy, who has apparently seen and lived the future and knows of his own demise. He relays...

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