Study Guide

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 1, Section 2

By Kurt Vonnegut

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Chapter 1, Section 2

  • The narrator returns from his first stay in Germany as a prisoner of war 23 years before the beginning of the novel.
  • He's having a lot of trouble finding words, even now.
  • Look, dirty limericks, right there in the fourth paragraph! This book is a trip.
  • Once, the narrator was talking to filmmaker Harrison Starr; he tells the guy that yes, he's writing an anti-war book.
  • Starr replies that he may as well write an anti-glacier book. After all, you've got about as much chance of stopping a war as you do of stopping a glacier.
  • And even if you could stop war, there would still be death.

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