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Slaughterhouse-Five Themes

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Themes

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a man who is "unstuck" in time. The two central events Billy keeps return­ing to are his abduction by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and his time as a prisoner of war dur­ing World War II, during which he witnesses the Allied firebombing of the German city of Dresden.

Alienation and Loneliness

Alienation may be defined as, among other things, an inability to make connections with other individuals and with society as a whole. In this sense, Billy Pilgrim is a profoundly alienated indi­vidual. He is unable to connect in a literal sense, as his being "unstuck in time" prevents him from building the continuous set of experiences which form a person's relationships with others. While Billy's situation is literal in the sense of being a science fiction device-he is "literally" travelling...

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