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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Why does Kurt Vonnegut choose to make a man like Pilgrim be the protagonist of Slaughterhouse Five?

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Vonnegut states in the first chapter that he is attempting to write an anti-war novel. He promises Mary O'Hare, to whom the book is dedicated, that he will not have any John Wayne type characters in his novel, meaning that he will not glorify war. Billy Pilgrim is the perfect protagonist for an anti-war novel because he shows the effects war can have on the psyche. Vonnegut writes, "Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Billy travels from one moment in his life into another. He has no control over what moment in his life he will have to...

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