An analysis of the science-fiction novel “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
The paper discusses Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s use of time and place as part of his narrative strategy in Slaughterhouse-Five, a novel with a science-fiction format. The paper shows how the main character is carried back and forth through time as well as space because time is a thematic subject in the novel.
Not being stuck in time does not mean complete freedom, however. On the one hand, the novel seems to reflect the thematic sense that Billy’s life is determined and that he has no control over it. This is because no matter how many times Billy moves through his life, appearing first in one place and then another, the outcome is always the same. Time travel does not mean the ability to change time. Indeed, since the Tralfamadorians experience all time at once, time must be unchangeable. Vonnegut offers a deterministic and even pessimistic view of life and the passage of time and also emphasizes that we live in moments in our lives that were of dramatic impact for good or ill but that can also never be changed no matter how many times we relive them or how much we want to change them when we do.
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