Slaughterhouse Five IMMINENT DEATH - by Jorge Mata, Ethan Vitale, And Mac Scott

"If what Billy Pilgrim learned from the Tralfamadorians is true, that we will all live forever, no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be, I am not overjoyed. Still--if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, I'm grateful that so many of those moments are nice." (211)

As Billy Pilgrim warped through the universe with the Tralfadorians, his grasp on life greatly changed. Through the Tralfamadorians, Billy inherited their perception on death. To the Tralfamadorians, as well as Billy, an individual never does truly die, because their actions are still alive in the memories of others. So, within these circumstances life is infinite.

“Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds. And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like ‘Poo-tee-weet?’” (19)

After any massacre, or large scale event such as war, there is always life even when it's not visible. This quote conveys a paradoxical outlook on death, as it exhibits the new chapters that unfold as a result of it. Death has the power to ruin the soul, but it also has the power to motivate the soul through displaying the importance of life, and its beauty.

"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 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'."(27)

"He has always pressed it, and he always will. We always let him and we always will let him. The moment is structured that way." (117)

"The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to be die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist."(26)

"The problem with death is that most of the time, it forgets to knock on the door." -Mac Scott


Created with images by bittbox - "concrete 18"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.