Study Guide

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 4, Section 16

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 4, Section 16

  • The prisoners are ushered past three huge piles of overcoats, which belonged to prisoners who have died.
  • The German guards want each of the prisoners without an overcoat to take one.
  • Billy takes a coat that is small and disgusting. He notices that his fellow soldiers all have soldiers' coats; he is the only one with a civilian's coat.
  • Billy and the other prisoners are marched toward the long, narrow sheds where they are being kept.