Billy goes outside to meet the saucer, and he is enclosed in a cylinder of purple light, compelled by a zap gun to hold on to a ladder that is lowered from the saucer. According to Billy, his theories will eventually become very popular, and in 1976 he will be assassinated while giving a speech to a large crowd, a theory which he has recorded and stored in a safe-deposit box with his will. She is responsible for him after his injuries and Valencia's death, and the burden makes her resentful and picky. After he is release, he marries as planned. At this point, food has stopped being passed to the men, and on the ninth day, the hobo dies. Celine cannot sleep at night because he hears voices in his head, voices that drive him to write bizarre novels. In 1976, after the U.
It is in the rubble that Edgar Derby takes a teapot, for which he is executed. He's writing a story on the bombing of Dresden and Billy says in a daze he was there, but Rumfoord couldn't care less. They are marched to their new quarters through the beautiful city. Upon release from the hospital, Billy is sent home with a private nurse, but he quickly escapes to New York City, where he sneaks onto a radio show to talk about what he learned from the Tralfamadorians, and writes letters to the newspaper to this same effect. Simultaneously, when Derby gives an acceptance speech, Billy is at a Lions Club meeting at his hometown in 1957 giving an acceptance speech.
He reads of the contrast between the fate of two churches: The first one was destroyed in flames; the other survived because the curves of its dome repulsed the Prussian bombs like rain. From Words for the Wind, he quotes four lines of a Theodore Roethke poem that question the reality of wakefulness and make a statement about forging ahead as duty dictates. When that work is over, Billy and the other men return to the stable to wait out the rest of the war. He's obviously feeling out of place at the party with disinterested attendees and his wife chewing him out for the dog peeing on her leg. The Americans then are moved to Dresden, a beautiful German city that has no major industries and no significant military presence. The narrator explains how his aspirations to write a book about the bombing were received negatively by people who asked what he was working on — he is advised that the work is no more than just another inventory of military atrocities. Two German officers spot Billy for his clumsiness and bring him over to pose for a photo.
The English officer escorting Billy tells him the coat was a joke and to wear it with pride and how to hold his head high, despite the deplorable circumstances. He identifies with her because her last deed was so human. Everyone thinks Billy is a vegetable after regaining consciousness. Arriving in Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge, Billy is never issued proper gear, and is left as one of the few, wandering survivors. Using a time warp, they return him to a earth almost immediately after the moment that he left, so no one notices that he has been missing for months.
Paul Lazzaro cradles him in his arms and he dies. The bombing is over and the soldiers go up the stairs to inspect the damage. He goes back to Ilium to finish optometry school. Born in a fictional town called Ilium, New York, in 1922, Billy Pilgrim is a funny-looking only child, and after high school he begins to attend night classes at optometry school. Billy Pilgrim An unconventional protagonist for a war novel, Billy is weak, passive, and often ridiculous. There is a party going on at his house a later night celebrating his new baby daughter, Barbara. Billy and the American soldiers are ordered by the elderly German officer to process the corpses from the rubble of the bombed Dresden city and to collect their personal remains.
Vonnegut briefly describes a trip to Dresden after the war with his friend, O'Hare, and goes into more detail about his previous visit to O'Hare's home to discuss their experiences there, which led to Vonnegut promising O'Hare's wife that he will call the novel, The Children's Crusade. Although his life as an optometrist, a husband, and a father is materially fulfilling, he is unable to find peace of mind because of the trauma he suffered in Dresden. Deeming both Roland and Billy to be useless, the two scouts decide to leave them, which enrages Roland to the point of beating Billy, during which time they are captured by Germans. Billy travels for a brief time with two experienced scouts, and a mean young man named Roland Weary, who is obsessed with torture devices. The book recounts how in 1760, Dresden underwent a siege by the Prussians.
There, he is introduced to the science fiction of Kilgore Trout by a fellow patient. A false air raid siren sends the prisoners to a meat locker for protection. Then the car pulls up to a hospital in Vermont and she crashes it into the garage, passed out from the carbon monoxide. After the operation is over, the doctor that operated on Billy greets his daughter Barbara that everything will be okay. About 1965 or 1966, Billy and his wife pull up to a cemetery with a police officer that caught his now-delinquent son and others vandalizing the tombstones and offers to pay off the officers for the damages. Shortly after, Billy closes his eyes and returns to the cottage in the war, being kicked awake by a German.
But in the span of one night in February of 1945, Dresden is bombed until almost nothing is left. But the two men find they cannot remember anything good. In his bedroom that night, the narrator reads from a book about Dresden's history that O'Hare placed on his bedside table. Silesia a region of central Europe primarily in southwestern Poland and the northern Czech Republic. Before he dies, he tells everyone that Billy is responsible for his death. Billy and Montana do sleep together, and a baby is born as a result. He takes the dog outside, sits at the lake, and sees a strange occurrence in the night sky, a beam of light coming to him, then leaving.
Billy is being operated on and simultaneously, he and the fellow soldiers are in their slaughterhouse quarters being briefed about their working assignments by the German officer and daily routine of work. Billy's wife and daughter have left a note that they are out shopping, and Billy lies in bed to sleep, but cries instead. Edgar Derby, an American prisoner and school teacher, is caught stealing a teapot from the wreckage, and is tried and executed for his crime. Billy passes out at the suggestion. He assures them that the Tralfamadorians do not see past, present, and future the way Earthlings do. This expression will appear time and time again throughout Slaughterhouse-Five.