One example, for instance, is Kurt Vonnegut who may have been stimulated by the war, thus writing Slaughterhouse - Five. Though one may categorize this piece as science fiction or even auto - biographical, it can also be interpreted as an anti - war piece. Because Vonnegut is classified as a post modernist, one can take into account all the details, such as the similarities between the main character and Vonnegut, the Tralfamadorians, and the style and themes of the novel, and interpret this piece with an anti - war perspective. Vonnegut demonstrates his own antiwar sentiments throughout Slaughterhouse - Five with the use of irony, satire, science fiction and dark humor.
List of works cited 1. Introduction Slaughterhouse Five is a novel dealing with the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War and social reality in the s as well as with the imaginary Tralfamadorians and their view of the world.
Thus Kurt Vonnegut combines in his novel the past, the present and futuristic elements. This in itself is nothing new.
But the way in which Vonnegut presents these different thematic and structural elements of his novel is worth looking at. The text cannot be interpreted by using traditional approaches to literature. Thus new approaches must be found.
As the novel is neither based on the principle of chronology nor on the principle of coherence, the reader cannot analyse the novel chapter by chapter. The reader must order the novel according to several different focal points.
One important aspect of Slaughterhouse Five is its narrative structure. In order to analyse the novel, and in order to understand its underlying principles, I have concentrated my analysis of the novel on several devices Vonnegut employs in his narrative technique.
At first it is important to look at the narrator, or rather at the two narrators of the story. As the narrator has got a great influence on the reader and on the way in which the reader perceives and evaluates his story, it must be shown how the traditional conception of the narrator is turned upside down and why this is the case.
It is also important to convey what effect this conception of the narrator has on the reader of Slaughterhouse-Five who expects a conventional anti-war book. Having analysed the narrator, it is now important to identify and evaluate some of the stylistic devices Vonnegut employs.
In this case the technique of collage will be of interest, as well as the various repetitions. Both devices are prevalent throughout the whole novel and function as a connecting link between the different thematic levels of the plot.
The last important aspect which will be discussed is the question whether Billy Pilgrim is schizophrenic. As a conclusion, the adjacent passage will then deal with didactic considerations the teacher will have to face when opting for Slaughterhouse Five as a novel to be discussed in class.
The narrator The first sentence of the novel is: The first question the reader is confronted with is the question of truth. Vonnegut, on the one hand, claims that his novel is not fictitious, but, on the other hand, he also states that everything only happened "more or less" thus restricting the truth of the story.
Vonnegut also calls his novel "a failure. Does the story depict reality or even truth, or is it a work of fiction?
Vonnegut intentionally leaves this question for the reader to answer by himself. He also comments upon the difficulties he faced when writing his novel: Vonnegut was not able to just report what he had seen.
This shows that the mimetic principle does not apply to the events which happened in Dresden. For Vonnegut, literature is not able to depict the cruelty of reality. Authors ask themselves if it is possible and sensible to write literature with regard to such horrible events.
This is also explicitly expressed in the novel:Essay Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Slaughterhouse Five ' Farewell, Hello, Farewell, Hello Kurt Vonnegut has built a universe for Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five where Billy’s cruel, unforgiving reality is contrasted by a philosophical utopia where he has .
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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. After the bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim and several POWs return to the slaughterhouse to pick up souvenirs. Billy does not actually spend much time looking. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is the tale of a gawky World War II veteran/soldier, Billy Pilgrim.
His wartime experiences and their effects lead him to the ultimate conclusion that war is . There he experienced the firebombings of Dresden, which greatly shaped his feelings about war ( Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five).
When Vonnegut created Billy Pilgrim, he made Billy subject to the experience of war.4/4(1).