Honors English 1/ Period 9
May 13, 2014
The Human Race Humans believe that they are the highest species and that everything follows. Due to that belief, they think that every thing should be handed to them and that they should not try hard enough in what they choose to accomplish. In Slaughterhouse-five written by Kurt Vonnegut in 1969 focuses on the life of a man born in New York. This man goes by the name of Billy Pilgrim and at the age of 19 is drafted into World War II, after his years of being a prisoner of war he is captured by aliens, the Tralfamadorians and begins to travel within his lifespan. The antagonist in Mark Twain’s “The Mysterious Stranger” states that the human race is “…always claiming virtues which it hasn’t got’”; the content of Slaughter-house-five supports this claim by evidence of humans expecting everything being handed to them, how the captured soldiers were treated, and the human fat being used as soap. Humans are so used to having everything handed over to them; they expect everything to be done, so they lack the ability to fully understand what hard work is. Not only is it their fault, but also the fault of those who raised them, those who “babied” them. During the time of Weary being in the war he liked to show off the things he had, the things his parents handed to him, and the things that made him feel superior to others. His outerwear was described as, “He had very piece of equipment he had ever been issued, every present he’d received from home: helmet, helmet liner…”(Vonnegut 50). Weary was so used to receiving from his parents. Unlike everyone else in the war Wary wanted everything to be handed over to him, which blocked him from seeing that, that is not how the real world is like. Some people have everything and are so used to being spoiled, they fail to realize the things they are given are not supposed to be taken for granted. The human race is to used to receiving, this is not good
Cited: Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Dell Publishing, 1991. Print.