Slaughterhouse-five Final Project By: Josh Davis and tyler triplett

"Do you know what I say to people when I hear they're writing anti-war books? [...] I say, why don't you write an anti-glacier book instead?" (Vonnegut 3)

The above quote is significant because it emphasizes one of Vonnegut's dilemmas of if war is part of human nature, and will never change, how could he write a book against it? The key idea here is also that Vonnegut attempts to write the book anyway, and this sense of conviction and purpose is what differentiates him from Billy Pilgrim.

"But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human" (Vonnegut 22)

This quote is significant because it clarifies Vonnegut's view of looking back into the past. Vonnegut uses Lot's wife as a metaphor for himself as well as all humans, because while looking back is pointless and in this situation fatal, she does it anyway, and Vonnegut recognizes the human thinking behind that. This embodies the theme of free will, and how it can doom people, and the allusion to the Bible also adds verisimilitude to his point.

"Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren't necessarily fun. He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next" (Vonnegut 23)

This quote is significant because it states that Billy has no control over the most fundamental and constant element of our lives, which explains his extreme apathy, and embodies the theme of relativity. The quote also demonstrates that Billy feels like he has to act out his own life, or that he has no sense of self or conviction, this attitude of Billy's conveys the message that a sense of self is relative to time, so like time Billy's sense of self is spastic.

"It would take another Earthling to explain it to you... Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber". (Vonnegut 85-86)

The idea of free will to the Tralfamadorians was absurd. They have an open mind and see things as a whole. They view time as a whole but themselves as specs in the grand scheme of things. This shows the audience that the Tralfamadorians seem to be more logical in thinking but seem less to have a personality which makes humans the human they are. This gives light that free will gives us our personality which allows us to be who we are and make mistakes or "be human".

"Everything is supposed to bed dead... And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like Poo-tee-went?". (Vonnegut 19)

This quote shows an acccount of a massacre. There is death and destruction that destroys everything but out of that nothingness, nature comes forth with a song from the birds. This signifies a new beginning in time as one chapter of death and negativity ends, the start of a new chapter unfolds giving light to something positive.

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Joshua Davis


Created with images by cliff1066™ - "Kurt Vonnegut Self-Portrait" • myeviajes - "glacier ice nature" • AlexanderPaukner - "peace symbol peace sign" • - "Goncharova_Pillars_of_Salt_c1910" • Cea. - "Time" • Lel4nd - "Time is free" • seyed mostafa zamani - "Smile"

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