DEAR – Slaughterhous-five

When Billy Pilgrim, the main character of this novel, has been kidnapped by Tralfamadorians to a planet called, Tralfamadore and asks “Why me?”, the alien answers:

“That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?”

“Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”

I really like the phrase, ‘a very Earthling question’. Gernerally when we are situated in unfavour position, we often blame our misfortunes by saying “Why always me?”. In this aspect, I think Billy shows human nature of ordinary human beings. At first I didn’t understand what the Tralfamadorian meant by ‘there is no why.’, so I began to ask myself. It could be Kurt Vonnegut, the author of this book wanted to criticise humans who live and behave with ‘reasons’ all the time, through aliens.

I am looking forward to find out more about Billy Pilgrim and Tralfamadorians.

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2 comments to DEAR – Slaughterhous-five

  • Aaron

    I totally agree with you. These days, the question of ‘why’ has become a very common thing. If someone does not understand something, then I feel the question ‘why’ would be very appropriate. If a person encounters a misfortune and then ask ‘why always me?’, then I feel that person does not look at the bigger picture at all. However this apparently has become human nature to some people. Overall this sounds like a book which would totally interest me.

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