Kurt Vonnegut

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Although Slaughterhouse-Five as a physical space only appears in the novel in a few sections, it is a powerful symbol running through the entire work. It is, ironically, in this slaughterhouse where animals were killed… read analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five

Jesus and the Cross

Jesus and the cross are important symbols in the novel, and are repeated numerous times both in the frame narrative (Vonnegut’s attempt to write Slaughterhouse-Five) and in the story of Billy Pilgrimread analysis of Jesus and the Cross

Barbershop Quartet

Again, although the barbershop quartet only appears in a few places in the novel, it is an important link between the worlds Billy Pilgrim inhabits—in which he is “stuck” and “unstuck.” Billy does not understand… read analysis of Barbershop Quartet