Study Guide

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 5, Section 10

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 5, Section 10

  • Billy gets a dog tag with his prisoner number on it.
  • The dog tag is perforated in the middle so it can be snapped in half.
  • If Billy dies, half the tag would stay attached to his body and the other half would mark his grave.
  • After Edgar Derby gets shot later on, a doctor snaps his dog tag in two.