Violence The violent nature of the novel, despite the humorous ways that Vonnegut writes about it, is also a commentary on the unnecessary violence in the world. In Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the author uses many literary devices to bring across his point including black humor, irony, wit and sarcasm. Bertram Copeland Rumfoord - A Harvard history professor and the official U. Paul Lazzaro Paul Lazzaro spends the book in the middle of the most awful situation a soldier can find himself in: as a prisoner of war at a time when there is no food and nowhere to house enemy soldiers. Lesson Summary Kurt Vonnegut was not afraid to express his distaste for violence and the militarization of the United States, and his disbelief in the concept of free will. Pilgrim Billy's mother, a self-sacrificing martyr but spiritually empty; eventually, Billy places her in a nursing home. He serves as a chaplain's assistant, is sent into the Battle of the Bulge, and almost gets taken prisoner by the Germans.
While such talk and then death would have disturbed most people, Billy was becoming un-stuck in time, again. His whistle corresponds to the horn that Roland carries, and which he plans to use only if he needs his uncle's help. Lance Rumfoord A nephew of Bertram Copeland Rumfoord, he is a passenger honeymooning on a yacht that sails by Billy and Valencia's apartment on their wedding night. She makes it to the hospital, but dies in the car of carbon monoxide poisoning. Marine Corps Major The speaker at a Lions Club luncheon who tells Billy that he should be proud of his son, Robert, fighting in Vietnam. To carry out a successful withdrawal, he places his nephew, Roland, in command of the rear guard.
So if it is such a failure in his eyes, why did he write it, what was his purpose, and why was it even published… 1381 Words 6 Pages Kurt Vonnegut seems to portray the protagonist of Slaughterhouse-Five, Billy Pilgrim, much like himself, a war participant and truth seeker. They are behind enemy lines and have to keep moving to escape. Slaughterhouse Five Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 and grows up in Ilium, New York. Pilgrim is accidentally shot and killed in a hunting accident while Billy is on military maneuvers in South Carolina. They keep Billy in a see-through orb with stolen appliances that do not work.
Drawing on this tale, Vonnegut develops a parallel between Private Roland Weary and the French knight. Weary won't leave Billy behind, not because he likes Billy or is compassionate or anything. His planned history of the Air Force, in which he wants to glorify the Dresden firebombing, is the kind of book that makes war seem reasonable and positive. Bertram Copeland Rumfoord A retired brigadier general and the official historian of the U. Montana Wildhack A movie star and sex symbol featured in pornographic magazines, she is Billy's mate in the Tralfamadore zoo. He had tried to tell her it was because she was stuck in time, but each time he said so, she was either unconscious from the amount of energy she had used trying to ask the question, or she just shook her head disbelievingly before becoming unconscious from the amount of effort she had used to ask the question and shake her head.
Lily Rumfoord The wife of Bertram Copeland Rumfoord. Guys like Rumfoord help popularize and glorify war—and in an anti-war book, that makes him an absolute villain. Mary O'Hare The wife of Bernard V. He's basically Slaughterhouse-Five's version of Weary is incredibly well-equipped with everything you could possibly need for war—good boots, sharp implements, lots of weapons—and he likes to fantasize about what a great soldier he is. It gives us perspective that we cannot avoid death, no matter what we do or how lucky we have been.
Derby is sentenced to die by a firing squad for taking a teapot. Air Force historian who is laid up by a skiing accident in the same Vermont hospital as Billy after his plane crash. Because, he decided, it didn't really matter anyways. Wounded and bleeding profusely, he fights on. Instead, such a self-righteous notion is simply a tool of propaganda, used to validate one warring party over another.
Satire in Slaughterhouse Five is shown in a title that points to the immaturity of the characters of the novel; comedic, senselessly violent situations; a bizarre alien race that teaches Billy free will is an illusion, and an ironic death for the protagonist who has escaped imminent death his entire life. Billy has no boots, no coat, no helmet and no weapon. Even after so much time, Billy still didn't have an answer to her question that she would accept. In the French ballad, Roland and his companion, Oliver, are portrayed as inseparable comrades, although they argue over whether or not to blow the horn. From him being bluntly honest, to his great wit. In the Chanson, Charlemagne wages a campaign of some thirty years throughout Europe and the Middle East to defend onslaughts by heathen Saxons and other non-Christians. His blindness to the realities of the violence around him leaves him exposed to capture by the Germans.
An example of this is the death of his wife Valencia. In one of these campaigns, Charlemagne carries out an operation against a group of Spaniards, the Saracen Muhammadans. Antagonist Character Role Analysis Roland Weary Weary is a sad bully who attempts to beat up Billy Pilgrim while they are both on the wrong side of enemy lines. After receiving the surrender of all of their towns and fortresses, he prepares to return to France. For the sake of honor, his close comrade, Oliver, feels it would be shameful to summon Charlemagne to see the tragedy, for already it is too late for him to help them. His nasty obsession with torture devices marks how deluded he is about the realities of war. Quote from Slaughterhouse Five about war.
Just before being captured he first becomes unstuck in time. It had been wrong for Weary to hurt those around him by luring them in with false kindness and promises before beating them up. O'Hare when they return to that city in 1967. The satire of the title is shown by the childish behaviors of the soldiers. But Billy likely is delusional about his experiences with Montana, whose presence may have been imaginatively triggered by a visit to an adult bookstore in Times Square, where he sees her videos and a headline claiming to reveal her fate. Slaughterhouse Five is loosely based on Vonnegut's experiences. He is given a pornography star, Montana Widhack, as a mate.