Slaughterhouse Five Collin Li, Sam M, Danielle D, Austin K

"When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "So it goes"(Vonnegut 27).

“Valencia turned off the engine, but then she slumped against the steering wheel, and the horn brayed steadily. A doctor and a nurse ran out to find out what the trouble was. Poor Valencia was unconscious,overcome by carbon monoxide. She was heavenly azure"(Vonnegut 183).

"If you know this,” said Billy, “isn't there some way you can prevent it? Can't you keep the pilot from pressing the button?” He always presses it,and he always will. We always let him and we always would let him. The moment is structured that way”"(Vonnegut 117).

"“Why me?” “That's a very Earthling question to ask, Mr.Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because the moment just is…"(Vonnegut 76-77).

"“You sound to me as though you don't believe in free will,” said Billy Pilgrim.“If I hadn't spent so much time studying Earthlings,” said the Tralfamadorian, “I wouldn’t have any idea what was meant by ‘free will’. I’ve visited thirty-one inhabited planets in the universe, and I have studied reports on one hundred more. Only on Earth is there any talk of free will” (Vonnegut 86).

Work Cited

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five. New York: Dell Publishing, 1991. Print.


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