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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Term Paper

… Slaughterhouse Five

In Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut vividly recalls living through the 1945 firebombing of Dresden during World War II. Much like the novel's hero Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut was caught in the firestorm that consumed the city. Like Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut only survived the bombings by chance.

During the Allied bombing of Dresden, Vonnegut was already a prisoner of war. He was confined by his captors in a meat locker inside a slaughterhouse. The well-sealed confinement shielded Vonnegut from incineration and suffocation as the firebombs consumed all the oxygen. After the firebombing, the author was then captured and put to work digging charred bodies out of the burnt rubble.

Because of the parallelisms between Vonnegut's experiences and Billy Pilgrim's ordeal, many critics contend that Slaughterhouse-Five should…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Essay

… Slaughterhouse Five

Pastiche and Metafiction: Postmodernism in Slaughterhouse Five

It is accepted, by the literary illuminati of history, that a plot, to be a plot, must organize itself around a question, often one with a yes-or-no answer centered on the novel's main character: Will Ahab kill the great, white whale? Will Pip escape the meanness of his upbringing? Will Frodo deliver the ring to the fires of Barad'dur? In this respect it seems that Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five fails the reader: no acceptable central question can be found to follow Billy Pilgrim. Certainly there is no question of whether he will survive Dresden, and, if there is, no conflicting or rising action exists to support that question as central. Perhaps the question is whether Billy…. [read more]

What I Thought About Slaughterhouse Five Essay

… Slaughterhouse-Five

An Analysis of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut has a wry sense of humor that comes through in Slaughterhouse-Five. One might label it absurdist because it oftentimes makes humans look absurd for the things that they do -- but there is in Vonnegut a kind of heart as well and he is able to mingle sadness with joy in the experiences of Billy Pilgrim, Kilgore Trout, and the rest. In this paper, I will examine my reactions to the book as well as some of the book's back-story and what I think about Vonnegut after having read this tale.

Vonnegut claims right away that "all this happened, more or less," but then he qualifies this start with: "the war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.…. [read more]

Slaughterhouse Five Term Paper

… Slaughterhouse Five

Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five is a postmodernist text which focuses on war and on mankind's potential for cruelty. The narrative leaps from historical accounts of the bombing at Dresden, for example, to science fiction reports of Billy Pilgrim's time traveling and of his adventures on Tralfamadore.

The nameless narrator of the story is one of the main characters in the book. Despite his playful and, at times, absurd manner of storytelling, I think that he should be given an award for his humanism. His voice is very particular and wise, despite the easy, matter-of-fact tone he takes up. His account of the events is filled with his anti-war sentiment and with the feeling that one cannot actually talk coherently about war and death. The…. [read more]

Slaughterhouse Five Three Awards Term Paper

… Slaughterhouse Five

Three Awards for Slaughterhouse Five

Award 1: A scrapbook for Billy Pilgrim

Billy Pilgrim is described as a character unstuck in time. His memory serves as the narrative structure of Slaughterhouse Five, a series of memories that occurs after Billy is in a plane accident. At the time of the accident, Billy is employed as an eye doctor in upstate New York. Billy has a wife, children, and comfortable life, but he is haunted by memories of his captivity during World War II, and digging out from his imprisonment in a work camp during the bombing of Dresden. Rather than finding comfort in material success and his physical survival, he is disenchanted with his current existence. He dreams as well that he is…. [read more]

Violence and Death in Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Term Paper

… Violence and Death in Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., a fourth-generation German-American now living in Cape Cod, was an American Infantry Scout and as a Prisoner of War, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, the Florence of the Elbe in 1945. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on the character, he survived to tell the tale: Billy Pilgrim, the hero of Slaughterhouse Five, -- or the Children's Crusade, bounces around in a time spanning his life and believes he is aided by an extraterrestrial civilization that has kidnapped him and put him in a zoo. Containing sexual content, violence and offensive language, the book was censored and burned in Drake, North Dakota in 1973, banned in Rochester Michigan for religious reasons, challenged at Owensboro, Kentucky High School…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five Essay

… Post-Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse-Five

Meaning and form, purpose and relevance, reality and imaginary, these are a few concepts that the post-modern literature brings to one's attention by challenging everything one knows or believes to posses as knowledge.

Television, radio, newspapers and magazines are means of transportation for what is real as well as what is the result of creative minds from their sources into people's homes, invading their private spaces and gradually making the separation between real and made up become a blurry line that slowly starts to disappear. The technological advance of the second half of the twentieth century overwhelmed the world, people trying to keep their old landmarks and make them fit into this new perspective that was challenging everything. Life in a…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five Essay

… Post-Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse Five" succeeds in putting together diverse elements, ranging from literary futuristic fantasy to aspects involving human condition. As shown by Vonnegut, it is very difficult to write fiction when the main topic that one has to address is warfare. The writer is assisted by postmodernism throughout the novel, as he combines reality with fiction in order to present his readers with the horrible effects that war can have on a human being.

During a period in which people could still feel the aftermath provoked by the Second World War, postmodernism emerged and its climax materialized through books like "Slaughterhouse Five." The novel dealt a massive blow to the people supporting the Vietnam War, as it had been…. [read more]

Kurt Vonnegut Slaughter House Five Essay

… Slaughter-House Five

Finding the Individual in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut presents his story, Slaughterhouse-Five through a unique literary technique, using short vignettes of episodes. Without subscribing to the usual literary progression of events showcasing cause and effect, Kurt Vonnegut chooses to present Billy Pilgrim in his entirety rather than presenting him moment by moment so that readers understand Billy Pilgrim through the usual progression. It is precisely through the same manner that Kurt Vonnegut chose to presents the idea of the Self. The Self is the entirety of all the moments in a person's life -- the entirety of a person's past, present, and future.

The Self is the totality of how a person is in all the given moments of his or her…. [read more]

Using Comparison and Contrast Essay

… ¶ … Slaughterhouse Five the Novel and the Movie

The novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was published in 1969 and George Roy Hill directed the film based on the book just three years later in 1972. While the major themes of the book remain intact in the movie, there are differences in texture and depth due the limitations of the film media. Both the book and the novel weave three storylines together through the life of the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, who has become 'unstuck' in time and randomly experiences life out of chronological order. One storyline focuses on Billy's suburban home life as an adult and a child, another is based on Billy's experiences during the Second World War, and the third involves Billy's…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Essay

… Kurt Vonnegut, Billy Pilgrim and David Irving: Tralfamadorians in Training

Where Billy Pilgrim begins, Kurt Vonnegut ends and this is where David Irving intrudes for good measure. However this is what makes the post-modern interpretation of this book so interesting (at least to this author). Certainly, an all pervading odor of fatalism and cynicism colors the work and one can certainly not blame Vonnegut for this. A veteran of any war goes off to the conflict a boy and comes back an old man. All of the moments that they were in combat, captivity or any other aspect of their military service colors their perception of the world. In this postmodern classic, the difference between real and the non-real is not clear cut. Vonnegut keeps…. [read more]

American Literature and War Essay

… They all strive to get back to their own lives in the United States, but many of them fail to live through the duration of the war. Another aspect that O'Brien brings up here is that these emotional scars never fade. The burdens the soldiers carry follow them either to the grave or back to the United States. From this perspective, war is seen as incredibly damaging, not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. The characters are forever burdened by their issues and experiences at war, as many feel guilty for even having simply survived the war, while so many of their fellow soldiers died miserably in the jungle.

Personally, I like the more realistic undertones seen in American war writing. I feel…. [read more]

Postmodernism Literature Crying of Lot 49 and Slaughter House Five Essay

… Postmodernism Literature

Both Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" and Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughter-House Five" are representative works of the Postmodern movement in literature, because of several common characteristics. First of all, the two writers belong to the post war generations of the 50s and 60s and, as such, are challenged by similar modern anguishes, such as the lack of clear static moral values and the loneliness and alienation that derive from that. The Second World War represented, in many ways, a break with the past and this is the first generation dealing with this break and with the necessity to identify a new path of development.

Second, the two works share common themes, such as temporal distortion and the absence of a clear narrative…. [read more]

Interviewer Good Morning Mr. Vonnegut Term Paper

… Interviewer

That's good for you! Aside from wanting to conquer you fear of the past, what inspired you to write the Slaughterhouse-Five?


I guess it's my wanting to share the experience to others as a way of providing them with information how things were during the war. War can really be a thing that most people can be curious of. You know, asking questions like "how were people living in the middle of a war?," "what are the things that we do during the war?" ... And it's really like storytelling to them while they are on the other hand so eager of listening to your stories ....[quick laugh]


Yes, I agree with you on that because I myself feel the same about…. [read more]

Interest Groups Research Paper

… Public interest groups have the advantage of being able to assert their concern for overall public welfare, rather than representing the needs of a narrow group of individuals. At the same time, single interest groups prevent a tyranny of the majority. Small issues that matter only to small, minority groups of people might not make the political policy docket without the support of community. Communities create interest groups, which in turn represent the populace in a direct way. The United States is not a direct democracy; interest groups help bridge the gap between the voter and the legislator.


ACLU (n.d.). Key issues. Retrieved online:

Edwards, G.C., Wattenberg, M.P., & Lineberry, R.L. (2006). Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy. Pearson.

"Interest Groups," (2002).…. [read more]

Vertical Integration in Beef Production Term Paper

… Vertical Integration in Beef Production

What is the vertical integration logic behind each of the following moves that Iowa Beef made?

The vertical integration logics in the moves of Iowa Beef is explained by their plans to eliminate extra costs spent on transportation and dependence upon local store butchers, who sell beef in local stores. Vertical integration at this point allowed to avoid dependence upon small contractors and it also allowed to introduce beef on new markets, where all processes of beef preparation for end customers were mechanized and where the demand on beef is higher as retailers were simply selling beef on the shelves of supermarkets.

Even though they were economically distinct activities and had different desirable efficient sizes, IBP ran both slaughterhouses and…. [read more]

Anti-War Sentiments Vonnegut and Sassoon Thesis

… In this poem, a priest is cheering on some soldiers, telling them what a brave group they are and what a glorious cause they're fighting for, that they are fighting the Anti-Christ himself. He tells them that they won't be the same when they come home because they will be full of the honor and bravery and glory of the cause for which they fought and they will know this and it is implied that the priest believes this will make them nobler men.

One of the soldiers, though, knows better. He points out that yes, they will be changed when they come home, but not in the way the priest believes. The soldier says they will be changed because of how damaged they will…. [read more]

Compare and Contrast Two Law Cases Essay

… ¶ … rules of law established in the following cases: The Slaughterhouse Cases and the Civil Rights Cases. What legal rights did the United States Supreme Court recognize in these cases? In your analysis be sure to include the relevant facts, issues, arguments, and reasons discussed in each case. Do you agree or disagree with the outcome of these cases?

The Slaughterhouse Cases and the Civil Rights cases, resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1873 and 1883, respectively, are important cases in U.S. legal history, but both have proved controversial. The Slaughterhouse issue began in New Orleans over the filth and dirt in the city and the state attempts to enforce hygienic procedures. In 1869, the Louisiana legislature passed a law "to protect the…. [read more]

Popular Movie Reviews Chinatown, 1974, Color Research Proposal

… Popular Movie Reviews


Chinatown, 1974, color, 2hr.11min

Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Chinatown starts off with Los Angeles private eye Jake Gittes (Nicholson) being approached by a woman claiming to be Mrs. Mulwray, wife to the man who designed and built the city's water system and whom she suspects of having an affair. Jake takes the case, but is soon warned off by the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway). He pursues it anyway, uncovering a massive plot of corruption and greed that involves governmental institutions and the personal lives of the players involved. Made in a typically noir fashion, this film leaves the hero butter and disillusioned, but not materially any better or worse off than when he started.…. [read more]

Civilization and Barbarism and Cruelty Term Paper

… His moral character is affected by his custom of triumphing over obstacles and the power of nature. Although like Echeverria, Sarmiento did describe the gaucho as strong, haughty, vigorous and admirable, he could not condone the gaucho's lack of instruction. Worse yet, the gaucho also saw himself as without need of higher education and modernization, either, and thus, rather than seeing the gaucho as embodying the pure and romantic power of nature, Sarmiento saw the gaucho as a man without a means of subsistence and without needs, who was happy in the midst of his poverty and privations, but whose lack of governable character left Argentina open to political abuse and effective modernization. He is one, wrote Sarmiento "who has never known greater pleasures or…. [read more]

Science Fiction a Definition Term Paper

… Bernard Marx of Brave New World is as close to a hero as Huxley's novel is willing to have, and Marx is callous, clever, and mainly interested in bedding the main female protagonist, even though he occasionally questions his society's values. In Slaughterhouse Five, the novel's initial setting depicts the main protagonist in 1968, where he is married and has two children. Although it gradually becomes clear that he is injured, and that his wife is dead, the reader does not care so much as merely appreciate the irony that, despite all that Billy has gone through, he may die by accident, even after having survived Dresden. Billy is also a highly unreliable narrator, but unlike a fantasy, his unreliable dreams and visions do have…. [read more]

Anne Hutchinson, as the Foundress Essay

… ¶ … Anne Hutchinson, as the foundress of a religious sect.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York, New York: Penguin Books, 2003. 144.

Anne Hutchinson was a famous Puritan woman condemned for preaching in ways that challenged the authorities of her society. She eventually began her own sect. However, Hester wages her conflicts with the leaders of her society through silence, to protect her child Pearl. Hester is more personally-focused in her opposition to the Puritan leaders than Hutchinson.

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it (8:16)."

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York, New York: Penguin…. [read more]

Liberating Powers of the Imagination in Asher Essay

… ¶ … liberating powers of the imagination in Asher Lev's art and Billy Pilgrim's experiences with the Tralfamadorians

The Power of Imagination in Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

The imagination is a powerful force. So powerful, it can change people's methods of expression and help heal deep wounds with were left untreated by normal methods found within normal society. In the works of Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, the imagination is seen as a force which can foster further personal development in an unconventional way in order to help save particular individuals. Asher Lev uses his imagination to reconvene his past experiences with his current world of art, condemned by the…. [read more]

Professional Journals Resources. Burger King Essay

… Q6. The case mentions that Burger King prefers to enter countries with large numbers of youth and shopping centers. Why do you think these conditions would be advantageous?

Fast food tends to be a commodity which people purchase out of convenience. Going to a shopping mall, people often want a quick, fast, and familiar bite, and a fast food restaurant like Burger King serves that need. Young people tend to be the most enthusiastic consumers of fast food. Fast food is often associated with youthful product tie-ins like films and cartoons. Young people often use shopping malls and fast food restaurants as places where they can socialize and work. The food is often sweet, salty, and fatty, and thus suitable to a teenager's palate, particularly…. [read more]

U.S. vs. Harris Thesis

… U.S. Vs. Harris

This is a guideline and template. Please do not use as a final turn-in paper.

Case Basics:

Petitioner: United States

Respondent: Harris

Decided By: Waite Court (1882-1887)

106 U.S. 629 (1883)

Decided: Monday, January 22, 1883

Facts of the Case (Oyez Project):

Harris led an armed lynch mob into a Tennessee jail and captured four black prisoners. Though the deputy sheriff attempted to protect the prisoners, he was unsuccessful. One of the prisoners died. The United States government brought criminal charges against Sheriff Harris and others under Section 2 of the Force Act of 1871. This act made it a crime for two or more persons to conspire for the purpose of depriving anyone of the equal protection of the laws.

Question:…. [read more]

Shark Abuse Term Paper

… Ethics & Sharks


The concept of human sensitivity toward non-human animals has taken a long time to develop and in many respects, still lags far behind other moral concerns. In much of modern Western society, dogs and cats are kept as pets, along with various other species of animals, in conjunction with which Americans provide them with veterinary care and other benefits of love and protection from harm. At the same time, we exhibit comparatively little moral concern at all for many of the animal species we raise for consumption.

In other parts of the world, animals are often afforded substantially less consideration and absolutely no thought at all to the excruciating pain and other unnecessary suffering that our…. [read more]

Working Conditions in Meatpacking Industry Term Paper

… Working Conditions in Meatpacking Industry

Working Conditions in the Meat Packing Industry report by the Human Rights Watch called "Blood, Sweat and Fears" claims that "...workers in the U.S. meat and poultry industry endure unnecessarily hazardous work conditions, and the companies employing them often use illegal tactics to crush union organizing efforts." The report, which was published in January, 2005, asserts that the meat packing workforce, which consists of "predominately immigrant" workers, has to "contend with treatment and conditions which violate their human rights."

This report was the subject of articles in many newspapers, including The New York Times, the Omaha World-Herald, the Dallas Morning News, Feedstuffs, the Lincoln Journal Star, and Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, to name a few.

The article in the…. [read more]

Decline of the American Diet Term Paper

… Decline of the American Diet

Food Nation (summary) - Schlosser for Author Schlosser

Food Revolution (summary) - Robbins for Author Robbins

Engineered Food (summary) Teitel / Wilson for Authors Teitel / Wilson


Abstract chose these three books because they are among the most respected and most often referenced titles about food and its interrelationship with our culture in libraries today. The problems facing America in terms of poor nutrition, widespread obesity, inhumane treatment of animals, and the growing corporate influence on what Americans eat and how our lives are affected cry out for examination at the university level.

The Food Revolution is written by John Robbins, who left his father's ice cream company, Baskin & Robbins, to become a writer and to investigate what…. [read more]

Race and Ethnicity Despite Its Many Claims Term Paper

… Race and Ethnicity

Despite its many claims and indeed efforts to the contrary, the United States of America has always been a country of division and segregation. Race, gender and class differences thus even today play an important role in the construction of society, ethnicity and indeed the social construction of prejudicial views. This means that these prejudicial views regarding the superiority or inferiority of any group of people are socially rather than biologically constructed (Lorber in Rothenburg, 2004, p. 54). The tragic thing about such social constructs is the fact that children grow up without critically examining the potentially erroneous views with which they grew up. Indeed, young boys and girls often grow up voicing and strengthening within themselves the very prejudices advocated to…. [read more]

Omnivore's Dilemma the Research Question Research Proposal

… Author Michael Pollen notes that "…no thinking person" can believe that animals are "incapable of feeling pain"; Pollen explains that beef cattle slaughtered for food in the typical U.S. factory farm stand "…ankle-deep in their own waste eating a diet that makes them sick" (317). Philosophy professor Brian G. Henning claims that the "…mass production and overconsumption of meat now constitutes one of the single greatest threats to public health" (Henning, 2011, 66). Because of the unclean spaces ("concentrated animal feeding operations" or CAFOs) and "intense confinement" producers of animal meat are "forced" to inject antibiotics into their herds to avoid the spread of disease, Henning explains. Amazingly, half of all antibiotics that are produced in the world "…are administered to livestock" (Henning, 66).

Children…. [read more]

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