American soldier and chaplain's assistant, to to my children's children pdf and early years. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential
American soldier and chaplain’s assistant, to to my children’s children pdf and early years. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut’s most influential and popular work. This was an event in Vonnegut’s own life, and the novel is considered semi-autobiographical. He describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, who believes he was held in an alien zoo and has experienced time travel.
Billy approaches death due to a string of events. While dying in a railcar full of prisoners, Weary convinces fellow soldier, Paul Lazzaro, that Billy is to blame for his death. Lazzaro vows to avenge Weary’s death by killing Billy, because revenge is “the sweetest thing in life. At this moment, Billy becomes “unstuck in time” and has flashbacks from his former life.
Billy and the other prisoners are transported by the Germans to Luxembourg. Allies, German guards hide with the prisoners of war in a deep cellar. 13 and 15 February 1945. A man named Eliot Rosewater introduces Billy to the novels of an obscure science fiction author named Kilgore Trout. After his release, Billy marries Valencia Merble. Valencia’s father owns the Ilium School of Optometry that Billy later attends. In 1947, Billy and Valencia’s first child, Robert, is born.
Two years later their daughter Barbara is born. On Barbara’s wedding night, Billy is captured by an alien space ship and taken to a planet light-years away from Earth called Tralfamadore. Death means nothing but “so it goes”. The Tralfamadorians later abduct a movie star named Montana Wildhack, who had disappeared and was believed to have drowned herself in the Pacific Ocean. They intend to have her mate with Billy. She and Billy fall in love and have a child together. Billy is instantaneously sent back to Earth in a time warp to relive past or future moments of his life.
In 1968, Billy and a copilot are the only survivors of a plane crash. Billy shares a hospital room with Bertram Rumfoord, a Harvard history professor. They discuss the bombing of Dresden, which the professor claims was justified, despite the great loss of civilian lives and destruction of the city. Billy’s daughter takes him home to Ilium.
He escapes and flees to New York City. Billy discovers books written by Kilgore Trout and reads them. Later in the evening, when he discusses his time-travels to Tralfamadore on a radio talk show, he is evicted from the studio. He returns to his hotel room, falls asleep, and time-travels back to 1945 in Dresden, where the book ends. Due to the non-chronological story telling, other parts of Billy’s life are told throughout the book. After being evicted from the radio studio, Barbara treats Billy as a child and often monitors him. Robert becomes starkly anti-Communist and a Green Beret.
Billy eventually dies in 1976 after giving a speech in a baseball stadium in which he predicts his own death and claims that “if you think death is a terrible thing, then you have not understood a word I’ve said. Billy is soon after shot by an assassin with a laser gun, commissioned by the elderly Lazzaro. Intrusive and recurring as a minor character, the narrator seems anonymous while also clearly identifying himself when he, the narrator, says: “That was I. That was the author of this book. Dresden, surviving the firebombing, experiences which had a lasting effect on his post-war life.
Weary gets them captured, leading to the loss of his winter uniforms and boots. Weary dies of gangrene in the train en route to the POW camp and blames Billy in his dying words. A sickly, ill-tempered car thief from Cicero, Illinois, who takes Weary’s dying words as a revenge commission to kill Billy. He keeps a mental list of his enemies, claiming he can have anyone “killed for a thousand dollars plus traveling expenses. Lazzaro eventually fulfills his promise to Weary and has Billy assassinated by a laser gun in 1976. After Billy meets him in a back alley in Ilium, New York, he invites Trout to his wedding anniversary celebration. There, Kilgore follows Billy, thinking the latter has seen through a “time window.
A middle-aged man who has pulled strings to be able to fight in the war. He was a high school teacher who felt that he needed to participate rather than just sending off his students to fight. Though relatively unimportant, he seems to be the only American before the bombing of Dresden to understand what war can do to people. German forces summarily execute him for looting.
Vonnegut has said that this death is the climax of the book as a whole. Before the war, he lived in Germany where he was a noted German-language playwright and Nazi propagandist. In an essay, he connects the misery of American poverty to the disheveled appearance and behaviour of the American POWs. Communist Soviet Union on behalf of the Nazis. Billy’s wife and mother of their children, Robert and Barbara. Billy is emotionally distant from her. She dies from carbon monoxide poisoning after an automobile accident en route to the hospital to see Billy after his airplane crash.
Son of Billy and Valencia. Daughter of Billy and Valencia. She is a “bitchy flibbertigibbet,” from having had to assume the family’s leadership at the age of twenty. She has “legs like an Edwardian grand piano,” marries an optometrist, and treats her widower father as a childish invalid. The Tralfamadorians are featured in several Vonnegut novels. A model who stars in a film showing in a pornographic book store when Billy stops in to look at the Kilgore Trout novels sitting in the window.