by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 5, Section 9 Summary
- As the prisoners march, one of the guards overhears an American saying something he does not like.
- He pulls the American out of line and knocks him down.
- The American is totally surprised—he had meant no harm and didn't think the guard would understand.
- He asks, why him?
- The guard answers: Why you? Why anyone?