Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Billy Pilgrim: the time-travelling protagonist; he primarily varies between being a chaplain’s assistant taken prisoner of war by the Germans and between his later life as a successful optometrist

Barbara Pilgrim: Billy’s worried daughter

Tralfamadorians: according to Billy, creatures from outer space who can see in the fourth dimension (time)

Roland Weary: a cruel American soldier who travels with Billy after the Battle of the Bulge

Billy’s mom (no name given): in this chapter, a weak, old lady

Summary
Billy Pilgrim is introduced as an involuntary time traveller. After a youth spent in Ilium, New York, Billy is sent to the...

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