Slaughterhouse Five Emily yellina and LoGan Lienhart

"When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in a bad condition in that particular moment, but that 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).

Throughout Slaughterhouse Five  Vonnegut has his character Billy Pilgrim repeat the phrase "So it goes" after someone or something dies. This repetition creates the inevitable theme of relativity as well as a way to dehumanize Billy Pilgrim.

" Billy was the next to last human to reach the door. The hobo was last. The hobo could not flow, could not plop. He was stone. So it goes"( Vonnegut 81).

Vonnegut's diction is used to describe the deceased hobo as cold and morbid , this is a drastic leap to the matter-of- fact, " so it goes," that follows the description of the hobo.

"He supposed that the intent of the Gospels was to teach people, among other things, to be merciful, even to the lowest of the low. But the Gospels actually taught this: Before you kill somebody, make absolutely sure he isn't well connected. So it goes " ( Vonnegut 109)

This quote serves a dual purpose. Not only does it show relativity but it also shows anti-religion. By incorporating "so it goes" with a biblical reference Vonnegut has, not only shown how dehumanizing Billy Pilgrim has become to death, but also to religion.

" He was down in the meat locker on the night that Dresden was destroyed. There were sounds like giant footsteps above. Those were sticks of high-explosive bombs. The giants walked and walked... The rest of the guards had before the raid began, gone to the comforts of their own homes in Dresden. They were all being killed with their families... There was one big flame. The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn... When the Americans and their guards did come out, the sky was black with smoke. The sun was an angry little pinhead. Dresden was like the moon now, nothing but minerals. The stones were hot. Everybody else in the neighborhood was dead. So it goes"( Vonnegut 177-178).

During and after the tragic bombing of Dresden, Vonnegut uses vivid imagery to reveal to the reader the massive destruction that took place the day of the bombing. In contrast to the gruesome imagery used, Vonnegut follows it with a stark " So it goes." This shows how Vonnegut dehumanized death and created a sort of relativity when the reader, evaluates the deeper meaning behind life versus death.

"On Tralfamadore, says Billy Pilgrim, there isn't much interest in Jesus Christ. The Earthlings figure who is most engaging to the Tralfamadorian mind, he says, is Charles Darwin - who taught that those who die are meant to die, that corpses are improvements. So it goes" ( Vonnegut 210).

This straight forward quote shows that the Tralfamadorians taught Billy that death isn't something to dwell over and should be taken lightly. By teaching Billy this lesson, it provides a new relativity but sequentially dehumanizes him.

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