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Vonnegut's Slaughter House 5 Essay

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Lane Cooper June 18, 2012 Period 3 Slaughterhouse-Five: Anti-War Throughout history, war has been a topic of many books worldwide. Some highlight tactics or reasoning behind battles, but most discuss the consequences of war; the pain, the suffering, the tragedy that comes with war. Slaughterhouse Five is of the latter variety, anti-war themes are spread throughout the story. By using similes, imagery, and dialogue, Kurt Vonnegut conveys the theme of anti-war. In the very first chapter of the story the narrator is discussing his book. ...read more.


In chapter three Billy and Weary are captured by the Germans. They force them to pose as victors beneath the German?s iron fist. They paint a scene where dogs are used to round up the enemies in the cold and snow. They show the more painful side of war, depicted by detailed imagery, ?Two of the Germans were boys in their early teens. Two were ramshackle old men- droolers as toothless as carp. They were irregulars, armed and clothed fragmentarily with junk taken from real soldiers who were newly dead? (pg 52). ...read more.


The Englishman asks Billy, ?Can you talk? Can you hear?? Billy nodded. The Englishman touched him exploratorily here and there, filled with pity. ?My God- what have they done to you lad? This isn?t a man, it?s a broken kite? (pg 97). This short dialogue summarizes the overall anit-war theme Vonnegut is trying to convey; war is near impossible to stop and with it comes pain and suffering. Slaughterhouse Five is one of the most well-known anti-war novels in the world. It carries a strong message, conveyed in an effective way. Thanks to good similes, strong imagery, and deep dialogue, Vonnegut is able to clearly convey his ideals in a manner that has had a lasting impact throughout the years. ...read more.

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