The author's doubles
World War II
Billy Pilgrim after the war
Timeline: (important references to dates: pp. 23, 58
|1922 (birth in Ilium)
Grand Canyon experience
unstuck in time;
set up in business (optometry)
|1945 discharged||1957 Lion's Club
elected president (p. 49; 50)
"How do I get to be so old?"
|1966 in Zoo;
smiling in his car, Lion's Club speech about Vietnam,
|1968 plane crash||1976 2/13 B's death|
I. Image of the author:
|The author and the war:
irrationality Children's Crusade; "all the real soldiers are dead" 159B) Billy -- after the battle of the Bulge 32-33
Edgar Derby, old school teacher;
cruelty/inhumanity Roland Weary -- and Iron Maiden 35; his equipment 39-40; his narrow vision 41-42; revengeful 79--Lazzaro's revenge 84; 139civilian soldier and humanity
-- Weary's torture
* just babies p. 14
* the trip to Dresden--the carts that carry the POW 67-69; 70; becoming babies 75
* delousing 83 and bathing--in the prison and as a baby 84-85
--bombing, POW's experience <--> spooning the syrup 160-161 "I suppose they all want dignity"
--the German farmers as soldiers 52
humanity and Nature--"I suppose they all want dignity"; spooning the syrup 160-161
C). heroism, myth vs. reality
--the Three Musketeers-- the commander and his golden boots,53 (--Cinderella myth)D) the images of the Americans, the Englishmen and Germans
--Wild Bob's heroism
--the trip to Dresden
Howard Campbell 162; boundary 144 familiar since childhood
E) un-representable--reality unbearable
no characters 164
"It was like a dream" 121
III. Dark comedy:
"So it goes." (//airplane crash, and the wife's car accident 25)? lice, champaign84; 73;
--candle and soap made from dead Jews 96; water 101; Billy's own death 143
(Kilgore¡XThe Gospel from Outer Space) 108-109¡Xdon't kill people with good connections
five sexes on T, seven on earth 114
prediction about the future 141; U.S. balkanized, Chicago--hydrogen-bombed 142
all moments exist simultaneously, hence nothing can be done to change the past or the future
death--in a bad condition at that moment
the moment simply is 77; no why
human beings as millepedes 87; their view of our concept of time 115
"We spend eternity looking at the peaceful moment" 117
"Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurts" 122
Montana Wildhack 132
interest in Darwin 210
no hero, anti-glacier, nothing intelligent ¡VDresden deaths 135,000
his response to T: 211-12
Rosewater's sympathy 102-3;
102-mother makes him feel guilty for not liking life
"all time is all time." "It simply is"
--concept of time and their novels 88
"everything is beautiful and nothing hurts"
"bugs in amber" 86
five sexes on T, seven on earth 114; end of Univ.,
ignore the awful times 117
BP's use of it 135
|from Ilium 111
Fourth Dimension 104
The Gospel from Outer Space 108-109;
Money Tree 167
Gutless wonder 168-(halitosis, drop gasoline bombs)
happy and loud 170
view about fiction 171
about time machine 202
Big Board¡Xabout kidnap 201
|3. Nature -- Billy cries for the horse 197,
the bird's "Poo-tee-weet?"; spooning syrup,
161 ongoing lives (births) in need of dignity.
War and Literature: Some Examples of Related Issues; Reasons and Consequences in the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war
Dresden & The Bombing of Dresden:
Culture of Dresden, including an informative history tour, which the
two photos below are from.
View from the tower of the City Hall 1945 (source)
Historical Analysis of the 14-15 February 1945 Bombings of Dresden - from the United States Air Force History Support Office.
Truth About the 1945 Bombing of Dresden - subjective memory of the event.
Was the Bombing of Dresden Justifiable?
Destruction of Dresden, destruction of Vonnegut's dream Brittany Dunstan - A reasearch paper on the affects of WWII on KV's writing, especially Slaughterhouse-Five.
The themes of Slaughterhouse-Five Marek Vit
Synchronicity between parallel plot lines in Slaughterhouse-Five' Cortney Joseph Fusco
- Kurt Vonnegut's universal acclaim and appeal surely comes in no small part from his gift for connecting, almost unnoticiably, seemingly unrelated objects and events to give them deeper meaning, creating a phenomenon known within Jungian circles as synchronicity.
So It Goes Leslie Phillips
- An overview of various things such as themes, symbols, metaphors, etc. in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It stresses the idea of predestination throughout the text.
The Use of Fragmentation in Slaughterhouse-Five Jason Dawley
- An essay analyzing the structure of Slaughterhouse-Five.
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