History book review slaughterhouse-five

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Therefore, the book titled “Slaughterhouse-Five” is a delineation of science and fiction following the author’s experience as an American trooper as well as a chaplain’s adjunct to the early years of postwar. The book’s content is a continual narrative after Kurt had returned home at the end of World War II. However, some audience may classify Vonnegut’s book as an ordinary biography, or an anti-conflict narrative. Since Vonnegut is categorized as an after modernist, it is easier for people to consider all the sequence of happenings on comparison basis between Vonnegut and his main character Billy, the novel’s themes and style, the Tralfamadorians and end up interpreting his work as an anti-conflict narrative. In line with historical happenings in the post-war period, this context aims to examine Vonnegut arguments from a review perspective.

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However, the distinctive aspect of the book’s literature is the incapacity of portraying the sequence of Dresden happenings at the exact time when the bombing occurred. The nonsensical aspect of conflict and violence Vonnegut’s book comes at a time when Americans were struggling with various issues such as racial conflicts, social injustices, political conflicts, killings, and social movements by the anti-war groups. The book’s context describes some activities that led to the assassination of Martin Luther King on the 4th of April 1968. Besides the negative impacts attributed by the Vietnam conflicts, Vonnegut criticizes many social, political and economic upheavals in America at that time. Back in 1968, Americans experienced internal wrangles which lead to economic damages as well as multiple deaths as a result of racial disturbances (Robert F.

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As the author mentions Martin Luther and Robert Kennedy towards the end of his book, the whole aspect mirrors the Americans reality back in the 1960s for the readers to contemplate. With this in mind, the audience is compelled to reflect on previous chapters to have a better look at America’s situation in the 1960s. Also, the author states, “Everyday my Government gives me a count of corpses created by military science in Vietnam” (Vonnegut 268). According to his view, readers can identify some extreme aspects of dismay and concern. It is indeed true conflict does not have a backup theory to necessitate it, instead, Americans needed to focus on the real issues confronting the entire society at that moment, and stop engaging in unnecessary conflict.

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