Slaughterhouse-Five Writing

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Nick Trish
Honors English III pd 5/6
Independent Novel Essay - "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut

The science fiction novel, "Slaughterhouse-Five" was published in 1969 by a brilliant man named Kurt Vonnegut. This book was known as his masterpiece, it depicted the horrific cruelties of war and was inspired by his own experiences in WWII. Vonnegut wrote several other novels, short stories, and plays, and it seemed that in most, if not all, of these writings that he created his own, unique world that included unusual characters, such as the alien race, known as the Tralfamadorians in "Slaughterhouse-Five." In this book, Vonngut had many different thems, including The Destructiveness of War, The Illusion of Free Will, The Importance of Sight, Time and Memory, Acceptance, and many more that aren't just towards the story, but could also be used and thought about in others lives as well.

To start off, there are many similarities between "Slaughterhouse-Five" and Kurt Vonnegut's life in actuality. Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at Cornell University and then was enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in WWII. While serving in Europe, after minimal training, Vonnegut fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured by the Germans during this battle and became a Prisoner of War (POW). Lastly, he witnessed the firebombings and the complete devastation that occurred in Dresden, Germany. The main character in Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim, has all of these things in common with the author of the book, Kurt Vonnegut, except for the fact that he wasn't born in Indianapolis, Indiana, even though he was born in the same year. There was a character in the story named Vonnegut that fought alongside Billy in the war, but the story wasn't actually about his life, it was about Billy's in general. Including real life experiences in Vonneguts' books seem to fit his style perfectly, seeing as he has a ton...
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