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A Look into the Human Mind - Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

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A Look into the Human Mind-Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut In his powerful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut tells of a man named Billy Pilgrim who has become unstuck in time. He walks through a door in 1955 and comes out another in 1941. He crashes in a plane in 1968 and ends up displayed in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore making love to Earth porno-star, Montana Wildhack. He ends up in the cellar of a slaughterhouse when Dresden is bombed to ashes during World War II; Billy, his fellow Americans, and four guards were the only ones to live through the bombing. The Boston Globe best explains the book when it says it is "...poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement" (back cover). ...read more.


He lost consciousness, but the music went on. He dimly sensed that someone was rescuing him. Billy resented that. (43-4) Billy is also traumatized by the extreme loss in his life. Everywhere he looks, he experiences great loss. First his father dies in a hunting accident, then he gets in a plane crash and everyone aboard dies but him, and while he is in the hospital recuperating, his wife dies of carbon monoxide poisoning. There is so much death surrounding his life, that it is no wonder Billy has not tried to kill himself yet. Billy proves throughout the book that he is not mentally stable, yet somehow, he is persuasive in his interpretation of the truth. It is a good example of how people are very gullible creatures, and even in Billy's constant state of delirium, it is hard to disavow what Billy seems to believe is the truth. ...read more.


It was about a visitor from outer space, shaped very much like a Tralfamadorian, by the way." (108) This too causes doubt at how mentally stable Billy is. It is interesting how Vonnegut slyly hints throughout the book how Billy's time travel and aliens are a way of comforting his pain. Kurt Vonnegut looks into a man's mind and shows how insanity can be caused by many events in life. Although the book seems to be fictional, a deeper look shows that there are many lessons that are very true to life. Billy reaches out and teaches a wonderful moral lesson about death and war. He teaches that death can be overcome if a person is strong enough, and war, although terrible, is somehow needed. "...Billy learned from the Tralfamadorians... that we will all live forever no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be." ...read more.

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