Friday, March 22, 2019
Slaughterhouse Five: Billy Pilgrim and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) :: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Within the novel Slaughterhouse louver, by Kurt Vonnegut, the character Billy Pilgrim claims to birth come unstuck in time. Having survived through being a prisoner of War and the destruction of Dresden during World War II, and having been a prisoner utilize to clear away debris of the destruction, in that respect can be minuscular doubt that Pilgrims mental state was unstable. Furthermore, it may be cogitate that Pilgrim, due to the effects of having been a Prisoner of War, and having been witness to the full magnitude of destruction, suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Dis site, which caused him to review the events over and over during the course of his life. In order to understand how these factors, the destruction of Dresden and PTSD, came to make Billy Pilgrim unstuck in time, one must review over the circumstances surrounding those events. The valet de chambre mind is a part of the body which current science knows niggling about. Trigger mechanisms, and ot her factors within the brain are relatively unnoticeable to current humanity. Therefore, in order to produce a diagnostic on why Billy Pilgrim became unstuck in time, the reader of Slaughterhouse Five must come to terms with situations concerning the experiences described in the novel. Billy Pilgrim starts out, chronologically, as a fairly basic infantryman in the United States phalanx during the last Nazi offensive of the war, also known as the meshing of the Bulge (Vonnegut, 32). That battle resulted in fierce fighting, and also in massacres (such as the one that occurred near Malmedy, France), and the reader may be sure that there were men who became mentally unsound due to the effects of what they experienced there. Pilgrim is taken in by a group of soldiers who have found themselves quarter the Nazi lines and are required to travel, by foot, back to friendly lines (Vonnegut, 32). gibe to what research exists, severe hardship such as would exist on that journey could be tolerable to bring about a shimmy of Acute Stress Disorder, but this combined with what followed afterward is certainly enough to bring about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (National Institute of Mental Health, Symptoms of PTSD). Again, sapidity towards the following during the trek Billy Pilgrim doesnt move as pronto as the other soldiers desire to move, and so he is often dawdle behind, and often the subject of scorn.