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