Write a 10 page essay on Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
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The destruction of Dresden is regarded by many historians as an act that was totally unnecessary. There was no military base and Dresden was a part of Germany that was known for its culture. Civilians migrated to Dresden with the hope that it was safe and would not be a target of destruction by any super power. However the bombing was done to put psychological pressure on the German army that no part of their country was safe and they should surrender before the rest of Germany is destroyed too. From the first chapter, the antiwar views of the author are quite evident. When the author tells his friend that he is writing a novel opposing war his friend replies “Won’t it be better if you write an anti-glacier book?” (Vonnegut 3). This statement signifies that Vonnegut holds negative views about war and it should not be made between countries. But his opinion is not of any importance to the greater military forces ruling the world. Vonnegut believes that making war against enemies is a concept that has existed till the beginning of the world and will continue to do so until the end of it until man ultimately destroys himself and the nature around him. In the same chapter Vonnegut is found saying “The pointless war killed thousands of children in shipwrecks and sent thousands in slavery”. The antiwar opinion states that there is no use of war when children, used for soldiers as the army was comprised of young men mostly in their early twenties, had to give their life for a purpose….
In the same chapter Vonnegut is found saying “The pointless war killed thousands of children in shipwrecks and sent thousands in slavery” (Vonnegut 15). The antiwar opinion states that there is no use of war when children, used for soldiers as the army was comprised of young men mostly in their early twenties, had to give their life for a purpose that was not worth it. So many lives were lost at all ends just for the powerful ones to show their military dominance. Vonnegut is clearly of the opinion that it is a shame for the government to give such order to their armies and make them fight between them. Nor does the army or the civilians have anything to do with one another and they end dying. Vonnegut recalls of his experience in Dresden as a song that does not look to end and has been put on the repeat mode (Vonnegut 3). He uses the word “useless” to describe his experience that has forever been installed in his memory (Vonnegut 2). The choice of words only suggests that although he survived the war his life had ended when he saw the mass destruction of human beings. He has become a man with no purpose in life as his memory would not allow him to reconcile with the present world and live in peace. Such is the potential of war that it kills even the ones that have survived it. Yet again in the same chapter he says that “The one who hated war were actually the ones who had really fought” (Vonnegut 11). The message is very simple. Those who had the courage to oppose the war and go against the authority of their respective government were the ones that were fighting for a purpose. Because Vonnegut has use a lot of irony it makes it hard to understand the essence of the statement.