Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Paul Lazzaro: a rabid American with a thirst for revenge

Edgar Derby: a kind, middle-aged American doomed to be shot for stealing a teapot

Billy is unable to sleep the night after his daughter’s wedding. He wanders around the house, knowing he is about to be kidnapped by the Tralfamadorians. He watches a movie in reverse time, then imagines it continuing from World War II all the way to Adam and Eve. After watching the movie in regular time, he goes outside and enters the space ship.

Billy asks why he has been taken. A Tralfamadorian tells him that the moment just is, and that there is no “why” to be asked. Billy is stuck like a bug in...

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