The Novel "Slaughterhouse Five" Chapter five Response
Though an interesting novel, there are a couple of things that theauthor failed to consider in improving the aspect of suspense in thenovel. As it turned out, however, lack of suspense in the novel wasdone on purpose to demonstrate the key theme of the novel of nodefinite beginning, middle or end of the life of the mainprotagonist. The brief overview will explore three ideas that areevidenced in chapter five of the novel.
To begin with, the chapter gives attention to the Tralfamadorianwriting concept, which has no definite beginning or end or evenmiddle. The nature of this writing is similar to the storytelling ofthe novel which is not structured in any particular manner from thebeginning to the end (Vonnegut 88). Surprisingly the reader becomesaware of the entire life of Billy as he concludes chapter two. In anutshell, suspense is completely killed in the early stages of thenovel.
Secondly, the chapter is dominated by the theme of time.Psychological and linear time are given a dichotomy by a watchbelonging to Billy’s father, reminding Billy of the differencesbetween the two (Vonnegut 106). The watch manages to displacepsychological time events, and in their places brings back theauthoritarian reality in sequential time. Sequential time haslimitations that are similar to human vision (three dimensional).
Finally, satire is heightened in the chapter as experiences of Billyin Dresdan camp are compared with his experiences with Tralfamadore.Billy’s horrific experiences in the WWII are related to the horrorsof being abducted by aliens (Vonnegut 96). In both cases, one canonly imagine the magnitude of pain and suffering that an individualis subjected to. Further, Billy’s early life with his family isalso highlighted, especially his vacation to the Grand Canyon. Thereare indications that his present life has much to do with his past.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five, Or, the Children`sCrusade: A Duty-Dance with Death. London: Vintage, 2003. Print.