Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis
Kurt Vonnegut: the author and occasional narrator
Bernard V. O’Hare: Vonnegut’s fellow American prisoner of war
Mary O’ Hare: Bernard’s pacifist wife
Vonnegut begins what is otherwise a work of fiction with some straightforward commentary from the author. Before the fiction begins in Chapter Two, Vonnegut announces that most of Slaughterhouse-Five is based in truth. He was a prisoner of war in Dresden near the end of World War II, and while he was there he witnessed its firebombing by the Allied Forces. He returned to Dresden in 1967, with his friend, Bernard O’Hare, in preparation for writing this book.
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