The main idea of the “Slaughter’ House-Five” written by Kurt Vonnegut is the cruelty in war and that war is inevitable. In this story a man name Billy Pilgrim were abducted by (an) alien(s) and he also has the ability to time travel. Billy Pilgrim can see a perspective of life that no one can because of his unique ability and what he learned with the Tralfamadorians.
Vonnegut often mentions “So it goes” whenever the main character Billy Pilgrim, sees someone dying. The reason for this is because with Billy’s ability to time travel he can always travel back to when that person is still alive.
Not only did he learn this from his experience but he also learned it from the
Tralfamadorians. On page 27 Billy mentions about learning it from the Tralfamadorians:
“When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is ‘So it goes.’”
Based on page 27 passage, Vonnegut thinks that even though, many people die in the war they are fine at any other given moments. Throughout the story I can see that Vonnegut’s perspectives are very much like ours. His perspective is just the same as most of us is that war is horrible. One key different from his perspective from ours is that he thinks war is the inevitable. War is like Billy’s ability to time travel; we cannot stop or control it. It is useless to attempt to stop the inevitable. Like his main character in the story, Vonnegut is trying to tell us to find a healthy way to cope with the war instead of trying to prevent the war.
Even though, we may think that Vonnegut’s perspective is radical and unemotional to him it is just a sensible way to deal with war. There are only two ways that a man can cope with war and that is the emotional way and the sensible way. Vonnegut choses the sensible way because it’s a healthier way to deal with war.
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