The Power of Perception
The novel is a unique genre of literature, it differs greatly from other genres; it allows the reader to form their own opinions. The way that a reader perceives a work of fiction is not dictated, that’s the beauty of a novel. Other genres of literature allude to an opinion or perception that a reader should hold while reading that work. For instance, history books are written by educated scholars, the writing is clear cut and there is no analysis, just facts. Also, the sphere of influence that a novel can have is great, especially if the story is compelling; many incidents and disagreements have spawned because of a novel. A novel with much disagreement and criticism surrounding it is, Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse 5 was written during a period of enlightenment and experimentation; many great works of American literature were produced. While writing this novel, Vonnegut experimented with style and theme; this was a good risk for him to take. Slaughterhouse 5 is unlike any other novel, because of the way in which it influences its readers. At first glance, the reader may perceive this novel to be anti war propaganda; when one reads more carefully, it becomes apparent that Slaughterhouse 5 is nothing of the sort. The purpose of this novel is to inform readers about the horrors of war , but also provokes thought; deciding whether war and its effects are just is tasked to the reader. Slaughterhouse 5 leaves the reader to come up with their own convictions but, the phrase “So it goes” influences the reader’s perception. This phrase appears 106 times throughout the book; every time Vonnegut uses this he is asking the reader to revisit their convictions and thoughts about death. Throughout this novel Vonnegut is provoking thought and feeling, not only with phrases but also with the characters. The protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, is the...