The book Slaughterhouse Five has a bizarre and twisted plot that reverts back and forth
through time. The main character Billy Pilgrim was involved in World War II and was mentally
disturbed by the bombings of Dresden thus alluding to a state of being “unstuck in time”. The
Dresden bombings was an air raid by American and British air bombers that was an unnecessary
military operation. The bombings killed mostly civilians, around 130,000 people died and
destroyed 80% of the city. Most of the victims of the bombings died of either incineration or the
suffocation by the flames engulfing all oxygen available. Billy Pilgrim survived the bombings
because he was captured at Battle of the Bulge by the Germans and held captive in a meat locker
below the city of Dresden.
Vonnegut opens the book by fooling the readers to read the prefix, ooh he’s so tricky. He
talks to an old friend about the bombings of Dresden. His friends wife gets all worked up because
she is German and believes it was the Germans fault. Vonnegut assures her he will only write
bout good things and tells her he’s going to name his book “The Children’s Crusade”. In the 2nd
chapter we finally meet the main chara
Vonnegut then jumps to the future as he"tms lying in bed of a mental ward. He cannot sleep because he is unstuck in time. The hallucinogenic Billythinks he will soon be captured by Tramalfadorian flying saucer, in fact he knows he will. Hisdaughter comes to visit him, but she is on drugs. For some reason Billy is scared and wets his pants becausehe is a weak skinny wuss boy. Vonnegut talks about the British POW"tms andtheir surplus of food supplied by the Red Cross. The Germanstake pictures of Billy to show how poorly equipped they are, these photos were staged. He remembers this one guy named Warner Gluck a small weak guard. He was foundby Austrian ski instructors and Billy thinks he is back in the war. The train is headed towards a POW camp. In the next chapter Billy has traveled to the night ofhis daughter"tms wedding. Him and gluck open a door that reveals a lot of teenage girls showering in the nude. Hethinks All time happens simultaneously, so a man who dies is actually still alive, since all momentsexist at all times. At the end of thebook Billy says he knows how he will die. People think he is a vegetable when he is just thinking about Tramalfadorians and timetravel.