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Slaughterhouse-Five Essay, Research Paper
Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. He came unstuck while he was in World
War II and has been traveling throughout different moments of his life ever since. He has
seen his birth, death, and everything in between several times. Slaughterhouse Five is the
story of Billy?s life, but not in order, from birth to death, because that is not how he lived
Billy was born and grew up in Illium, New York. After high school, he went to
Illium School of Optometry but was drafted for the Second World War before he was
able to graduate. He was shipped to Europe but hadn?t even been issued a gun or proper
boots when he found himself wandering lost behind enemy lines with three other men.
Two of these men ended up dead, Billy and one other, Roland Weary, were captured by
the Germans and became prisoners of war. Weary blamed Billy for this and for the fact
that he died of gangrene while in a freight train being shipped to a prison with many
other POWs. He told all of them about how Billy Pilgrim killed him. One of these men,
Paul Lazzaro, promised to avenge Weary?s death and he went through with his promise
by hiring someone to murder Billy many years later. Billy knew this because he had
already seen it happen many times.
Billy was on this train too, but he was in a different boxcar. He soon found
himself, along with ninety-nine other prisoners of war, at a prison with 15 Russian
prisoners of war. There he was given a coat that was much too small for him. He ended
up turning this into a muff for his hands. He made a toga out of curtains in the prison and
started wearing this too. He also found some boots that were painted silver and claimed
these for himself as well. By the time Billy was shipped to Dresden he was dressed much
like a clown. Dresden was bombed soon after Billy arrived and he, the other prisoners,
and their guards were the only ones in the town to survive. So it goes.
After the war, Billy returned to the Illium School of Optometry, graduated,
married the owner of the school?s daughter, had 2 children, and became quite rich. On
the night of his daughter?s wedding, Billy was abducted by aliens. He was kept in a zoo
on a planet called Tralfamadore for years where he learned many things. Perhaps the
most important thing he learned is that all moments, past, present, and future, always
have existed, always will exist. Therefore, when someone dies you shouldn?t be sad
because they may be dead in that particular moment, but they are perfectly fine in many
other moments. Because of this, when Billy hears that someone died he just says what the
Tralfamadorians do, which is, ?So it goes.?
When Billy finally returned home, it seemed he had only been gone for a
millisecond instead of the years he had actually been gone. He attended his daughter?s
wedding, and then a few years later, while flying on a small plane with other optometrists
to a convention, almost died again. There plane crashed into the top of a mountain and
everyone, except Bill and the copilot, were killed. While he was in the hospital, his wife
died accidentally of carbon-monoxide poisoning. So it goes.
After the plane crash, Billy decided to go public with his story about living in the
zoo on Tralfamadore. Everyone thought he had gone crazy. Maybe he had. At the time of
his death, Billy was in Chicago giving a seminar on flying saucers and the true nature of
time. He knew he was about to die. He told the crowd he would be killed that night, he
laughed about it. He knew Lazzaro was finally going to go through with his promise. And
he did. Billy was shot in the head. So it goes.