Gisel SaillantThe Ghosts that Haunt us11/05/07
Why is it that when something is forbidden, in the same respect is wildly sought after. The book
by Kurt Vonnegut has earned the position of being one of the most frequently banned books. It was burned in Drake, North Carolina in 1973 because of the “dangerous, violent,irreverent,profane and sexually explicit content.”
Vonnegut does incorporate these “banned” elementsin his novel. However his focus was to direct the readers to his “anti-war” sentiments.Vonnegut, experienced the bombing of Dresden, Germany. This event claimed around 135,000causalities during World War II. Vonnegut's life was saved, because he was captured during the war and taken to an underground facility
. It took Vonnegut, twenty three years to write this novel, this period of time, marinated his disapproving stance on war. This is the real reason why the book is banned.World War II, is considered by many Americans as a “Good War,” as American's triumphedover the forces of evil. This glorification of war, is what triggers Vonnegut to write a novel about theatrocities war produces.Billy Pilgrim, is the main character in the novel, and he is used as an alias for Vonneguthimself. Pilgrim is a translucent reflection of Vonnegut. They both share similar war experiences, butthis fictional character demonstrate a condition not Vonnegut's character. Vonnegut widens the scopeof war and post war life.
Billy Pilgrim represented an anti-hero who was alive by luck, and strugglesmake sense of his life after the war.Vonnegut, uses science fiction in the book as another anti-war medium. Billy Pilgrim isabducted by the aliens, named Tralfamadorians. The reason for this alien abduction, is that maybe Billy