In war, there is always one constant. Death is inevitable in war. Death can be a traumatic experience especially if someone has witnessed so much of it. In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut creatively portrays how war traumatizes and desensitizes people. Two motifs that repeatedly appear…
Essays on Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
Best topics on Slaughterhouse Five
Dark comedy, Satire, Science fiction, War novel, Metafiction, Postmodernism
March 31, 1969
Billy Pilgrim, Kurt Vonnegut, Bernard O’Hare, Roland Weary, Tralfamadorians, Edgar Derby, Kilgore Trout, Bertram C. Rumfoord, Wild Bob
The major theme of the novel is the destructiveness of war. Billy Pilgrim and other characters like Paul Lazzaro, Bernard O' Harry along with the writer himself suffer from physical and psychological damage caused by the war.