Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 8 Summary and Analysis

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Chapter 8 Summary and Analysis

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Howard W. Campbell, Jr.: an American Nazi propagandist

Kilgore Trout: a reclusive science fiction author

Maggie White: a beautiful, if simple, woman married to an optometrist

Robert: Billy’s son, the future Green Beret

Howard Campbell comes to the American prisoners. He wants to recruit them to fight against the Russians. He bribes the weary, undernourished men with promises of good food.

Surprisingly, Edgar Derby stands against Campbell’s poisonous promises. He says that the Americans are going to unite with the Russians to crush Nazism. Then the air-raid siren starts to sound. All the men, including Campbell, hide in a...

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