This article establishes intertextual connections between kurt vonnegut's slaughterhouse-five and john bunyan's the pilgrim's progress and describes how the puritan conversion narrative form and the pilgrim narrative play a major part in vonnegut's canonical anti-war novel the protagonist billy pilgrim. Students who are unfamiliar with vonnegut's work may find the format of the novel a bit disconcerting vonnegut combines science fiction, autobiography, historical fiction, and modern satire in a “jumbled” depiction of the life of billy pilgrim billy, like vonnegut, experiences the destruction of dresden, and, as with vonnegut. Slaughterhouse-five, or the children's crusade: a duty-dance with death ( 1969) is a science fiction-infused anti-war novel by kurt vonnegut about the world war ii experiences and journeys through time of billy pilgrim, from his time as an american soldier and chaplain's assistant, to postwar and early years.
Vonnegut shares with us that he can t write about the horror of dresden there is nothing intelligent to say about a massa 1,887 words 4 pages the assimilation of billy pilgrim to kurt vonnegut in slaughterhouse five the novel - the plot - billy pilgrim, like kurt vonnegut, was an american soldier in europe in the.
Billy pilgrim is a fictional character and protagonist of kurt vonnegut's 1969 novel slaughterhouse-five, who has appeared in adaptations of the novel for film and the stage billy pilgrim was based on vonnegut's comrade-in-arms edward r crone, jr.