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Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 2, Section 2 Summary Page 1

  • Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 in Ilium, New York (not a real place, by the way).
  • He attends a semester of night classes at the Ilium School of Optometry (eye doctor school) before being drafted for World War II.
  • During the War, his father dies in a hunting accident. Say it with me: so it goes.
  • He is taken prisoner by the Germans and honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945.
  • Once he gets back to the States, he goes back to night school, gets engaged, and then has a mild mental breakdown.

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