Essay about Freytag 5

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Michael Heeschen
English 101
10/27/14
Slaughter House 5 Freytag 1. Title and Author of the text: The title of the text is
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
2. Genre of the text
. (You are expected to provide a definition of the genre or type and then explain how the text qualifies as such).

Genre: The Genre of the text is Historical Fiction.

Definition of the Genre: The definition of Historical Fiction is the genre of literature, film, etc., comprising narratives that take place in the past and are characterized chiefly by an imaginative reconstruction of historical events and personages.

Qualification of the Genre: This text is Historical Fiction because it is a made up story based on real events in history.

3. Exposition: A.
What important characters are introduced? Protagonist: The Protagonist of the story is Billy Pilgrim.

Antagonist: The Antagonist of the story is Roland Weary.

Secondary Characters of Importance: Some secondary characters in the story are: Paul Lazzrao, Kilgore
Trout, Edgar Derby, Howard Campbell, Valencia Merble, Robert Pilgrim, Barbara Pilgrim, Wild Bob,
Eliot Rosewater.

B.
What important details are provided that the rest of the story is dependent on? Describe as much of the situation the characters find themselves in at the start of the text as you can.

C. What themes and motifs are present?

Themes: The themes that are present are: the destructiveness of war, the illusion of free will, the importance of sight.

Motifs: The motif of the story is “So it goes.” or the presence of the narrator as the protagonist.
D.

From what point­of­view is the story being told? How are you able to make this identification? Third Person Omniscient How do you know this?
I know it is third person omniscient because the author goes into detail the thoughts and motives of other characters in the book. He also uses the protagonists name to talk about himself. E. Where is the story set? The story is set in Germany, Luxembourg, and New York. F. In what time period does the story occur? Is there any importance to the time period to the events of the story? The time period of the story is mainly 1944­55 with periods of time between 1920 and 1968.

4. Rising Action: A.
Here, you must note every action that contributes to the greater plot. If a detail is needed to understand the story, it must be notated here.
There may be more than 12 plot points. I just wanted to give you space to get started here. Remember plot points are events in the story that cause the story to move forward. 1. Vonnegut talks as himself, remembering Dresden, and talking about the book he will write about it.

2. Billy Pilgrim is introduced as a character, he is an optometrist.

3. His father dies in a hunting accident right before he gets shipped off.

4. Billy goes into the Battle of the Bulge. He is taken prisoner almost immediately.

5. Billy has his first experience in time hopping experience

6. He is transported to a POW camp in Germany.

7. He has a breakdown, is given morphine, and time hops again.

8. He and the Americans are transported to Dresden.

9. He and the other prisoners are forced to work for food and other essentials.

10. Dresden is bombed and Billy is freed.

11. He returns to finish optometry. He marries, has children, and becomes rich. 12. Billy is captured by aliens. 13. He says nothing of his experience till a plane crash happens that he has foreseen, he feels he can tell people. 14. He makes recordings of the future including his assassination, which he has seen and lived through many times. C.
Any literary devices of significance, like the use of foreshadowing, flashbacks, metaphors, similes, allusions, irony, hyperbole,…