International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 6, Issue 6 (2020)

Existential crisis in Kurt Vonnegut’s slaughterhouse-five


Rejiraj S

In Slaughterhouse-Five, a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut, depicts the life of a soldier, Billy Pilgrim. Unstuck in time, kidnapped by aliens, and caught in a massacre of war, Billy certainly lives an eventful life, but also witnesses a great deal of death. The excessive loss of life to which Billy Pilgrim becomes a witness forces him to question the very meaning of life as he suffers from existential crisis. Billy Pilgrim experiences tumultuous external influences and in some situations loses awareness of his own humanity. When he falls out of this more authentic mode of being, a certain meaninglessness about life creeps in. Only when Billy gains his composure and tries to understand himself does a sort of sanity return to his world. In Billy's circumstances—being tossed back and forth through time it is impossible for him to define his own existence in reference to what he perceives as the external world, because he has become "unstuck in time".
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Rejiraj S. Existential crisis in Kurt Vonnegut’s slaughterhouse-five. International Journal of English Research, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2020, Pages 12-15
International Journal of English Research