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1. Who is the picture on page 209 referring to? How did Billy meet her? Describe their relationship.
Answer: A pornographic model who stars in a film shown in a pornographic bookstore when Billy stops by to check out the Kilgore Trout novels sitting in the window. She is also abducted and placed in Billy’s habitat on Tralfamadore, where they have sex and produce a child.
2. Billy has a prayer on the wall: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom always to tell the difference”. Analyse how this is so fitting for this novel.
Answer: This part takes place in Ch 3, where Billy was taken to Tralfamadore, or kidnapped… in 1968. The same words were engraved on the outside of the locket of Montana Wildhacks silver chain necklace. This beautiful prayer in this book is showing a relationship between how Billy tries to be Tralfamadorian and human at the same time, that he knows more than what other normal humans do. He also tries to get other people to believe in that he has knowledge about a fourth dimension world. Tralfamadorians says that humans cannot make out the difference between the things they cannot change this because there is no actual difference.
3. What does “The Children’s Crusade” refer to? And why is that such a fitting title? Discuss the term “The Children’s Crusade”.
Answer: The writer tells Mary O’Hare that the subtitle of his book will be ‘Children’s Crusade’ or actually he promises to do so, this was because she got in anger telling him that the warriors were only babies during the war. She never wanted the war to happen and she certainly did not want him to glorify the war. Because then it would only become more wars which would mean that in her case, her babies will be forced to fight in a war someday.
... in shaping his life. He states, 'Among the things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future.' In ... on his knowledge of the futility of destruction to his children. He wants the younger generation to understand what the older ... humans are vulnerable and imperfect, whether they are Germans or Americans. He also makes it obvious that war is an unnatural state ...
I would not agree to ‘The Children’s Crusade’ being a fitting title for this book though I must say that I really loved and admire that he took Mary O’Hare’s words with importance. This gives the book a great extra feeling to it, it is quite funny but also sad that which Mary O’Hare explains, children going out to war, especially Billy, he was the worst soldier ever.
4. Would you say that Billy is a successful man? What parts of Billy’s life is successful and what parts are not so successful? Support your thoughts with quotes or examples from the book.
Answer. I cannot give any exact quotes on this example I am about to give, this because I don’t write them down or such. I would like to say that Billy is partly successful and partly unsuccessful. For example, he sees this fourth dimension Tralfamadore, most people would say that it is insane, but I would rather call it exceedingly since he is being possessed of a completely different view. And he handles this without any essential problems and develops a remarkable open-mind but still succeeds to be determined. Also, he knows when to die as he awaits it calmly, thus he gains control of his own dignity. That dignity which he never had any control of before when he was ‘pure’ human minded.
The very unsuccessful aspects of Billy are shallow and many but I am still doubtful of whether these negative attributes are more vital than the more abstract ones’. Billy is not a war hero, he also is unpopular in the war as well as before, he is simply a joke to the army. He has no weapon, an improper uniform and luckily saves himself in a few situations throughout the war. Billy’s normal part of his life, before taking part of Tralfamadore was rather lacking of dignity. He does not have any fear of death and does not care much about time, these attributes has been adopted from Tralfamadorians and could be positive as well, but I would like to see it as negative.
Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse Five as well as many other novels. Slaughterhouse Five is the story of Billy Pilgrim. Pilgrim is a time traveling war veteran who is "unstuck' in time. The entire novel is a journey through this universe. He visits strange planets and the bombing of Dresden in Germany.Human cruelty is the overall theme of the novel. It is the behavior of men that they will harm ...
5. Billy has seen a lot of death in the war and afterwards. Is Billy afraid of death and dying himself? Why/why not? Support your thoughts with quotes or examples from the book.
Answer: By writing “So it goes” after each death he explains that he has no great fear of death and that death is random and happens to anyone. “Valencia Pilgrim accidentally kills herself with carbon monoxide after turning bright blue. So it goes.” The reason why he does not give such gravity to death is because there is no time according to Tralfamadorians and that everything is planned before. “One hundred thirty thousand innocent people die in Dresden. So it goes.”
6. What does “unstuck in time” mean? In what situations does Billy get “unstuck in time”? Analyse what type of situations Billy is in when this happens and why it happens.
Answer: In the book Slaughterhouse-Five Billy Pilgrim gets “unstuck in time” and experiences future and past events. Tralfamadorian aliens kidnap him and place him in a zoo with Montana Wildhack, a porn star. His journeys occur in random desperate times and he can see why, when and how he will die.