Essay on Slaughterhouse Five By Kurt Vonnegut

863 Words Jul 13th, 2015 4 Pages
Slaughterhouse-Five written by Kurt Vonnegut is not a relaxed read. If this book was not assigned for a class reading, Slaughterhouse- Five would not be a novel I would have considered picking up. The unpleasant flash of red on the book cover is mysterious, but not approachable. The chaotic format is intriguing, but confusing. However, my views on this remarkably written literature piece has changed dramatically as I finished the novel. Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical approach was unlike other authors in the late 1960s. Vonnegut had the desire to write about his World War II experiences and journeys through the character Billy Pilgrim, but add a twist of sci-fi illusion. The firebombing of Dresden played the focal point for this semi- autobiographical piece along with Vonnegut incorporating several literary devices in order to tell the story fluently meanwhile jumping forward and backward in time. Slaughterhouse- Five impacted me not only as a student, but as a human being as well and enriched my views on war and post- traumatic stress disorder. Slaughterhouse- Five tested my knowledge as a literature student. Kurt Vonnegut wrote a brilliant satire novel targeted at the topic of war. The use of flashbacks, irony, and dark humor supported Vonnegut and his effort to mock social events. I was able to better understand the destructiveness of war as a result, but furthermore, I had the ability to grasp literary concepts and study them in a more unique approach. Vonnegut used these…

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