Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
"...drafted for military service in the Second World War." (Vonnegut 24)
Billy Pilgrim is drafted into the army to fight in Germany during World War II during his beginning year at the Illium Optometry School. It is in the war that he first becomes "unstuck in time."
World War II
"'Saved your life again, you dumb bastard,' Weary said to Billy in the ditch." (Vonnegut 34)
Roland Weary finds Billy in a ditch and decides to save him. He does this only for the purpose of seeming like a hero, and actually bullies Billy relentlessly.
"It was a collecting point for prisoners of war." (Vonnegut 55)
Billy is found with Weary and is captured and sent on a train as a prisoner of war. It is on this journey that Weary dies, and Paul Lazzaro vows to avenge his death and kill Billy.
Met by Roland Weary
Captured as POW
"...among the first English-speaking prisoners to be taken in the Second World War." (Vonnegut 93)
Billy is taken to a site where other prisoners are being held. He finds the Russians starved and abused, and the Englishmen living in luxury.
"Their address was this: Schlachthof funf." (Vonnegut 153)
Billy and the other prisoners are taken to the city of Dresden where they are kept in an old slaughterhouse and must work labor and factory jobs.
"...head under a blanket in a ward for nonviolent mental patients in a veterans' hospital..." (Vonnegut 99)
Later in life, Billy thinks he is going crazy and admits himself to a veteran's mental hospital. He stays in the bed next to a man named Eliot Rosewater. It is through Rosewater that Billy discovers Kilgore Trout.
"I, Billy Pilgrim, the tape begins, will die, have died, and always will die on February thirteenth, 1976." (Vonnegut 141)
Years after Paul Lazzaro vows to avenge Weary's death, Billy is shot dead by his bullet.
"The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn." (Vonnegut 178)
The scouts staying in the slaughterhouse along with their guards are hidden in the basement during the Dresden firebombing and come back up to see total destruction.
"It was a flying saucer from Tralfamadore..." (Vonnegut 75)
On the night of his daughter's wedding, Billy is captured by the Tralfamadorians and taken away to their planet to be on display in a human zoo.
"Billy was displayed there in the zoo in a simulated Earthling habitat." (Vonnegut 112)
Billy is kept on the planet for months, sharing the exhibit with a movie star from Earth named Montana Wildhack. Unlike his wife, Billy grows fond of Wildhack and genuinely loves her.
"The plane crashed...Everybody was killed but Billy." (Vonnegut 25)
Billy is a victim of a plane crash, and is the only survivor. His wife, Valencia, dies of carbon monoxide poisoning on the way to the hospital, and Billy suffers from a skull fracture but recovers and runs away from the hospital
Tralfamadore and Montana Wildhack
"Billy wrote a letter... which the paper published." (Vonnegut 26)
Billy begins to write letters to the local paper about his experiences on Tralfamadore.