Slaughterhouse 5 summary

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Slaiughterhouse Five 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 Continue...


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Vonnegut then jumps to the future as he's lying in bed of a mental ward. He cannot sleep because he is unstuck in time. The hallucinogenic Billy thinks he will soon be captured by Tramalfadorian flying saucer, in fact he knows he will. His daughter comes to visit him, but she is on drugs. For some reason Billy is scared and wets his pants because he is a weak skinny wuss boy. Vonnegut talks about the British POW's and their surplus of food supplied by the Red Cross. The Germans take 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 found by 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 of his daughter's wedding. Him and gluck open a door that reveals a lot of teenage girls showering in the nude. He thinks All time happens simultaneously, so a man who dies is actually still alive, since all moments exist at all times. At the end of the book Billy says he knows how he will die. People think he is a vegetable when he is just thinking about Tramalfadorians and time travel.

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