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Reality Check with Slaughterhouse-Five

Billy Pilgrim got unstuck in time, switching realities uncontrollably and unexpectedly. We, readers, are also faced with links to other worlds, existing or imaginary, and by moving through the pages of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five every encounter becomes questionable. Perhaps, certainties are overrated and establishing what is fact and what is fiction is superfluous. In these pages, I will compare narrative and stylistic choices made by the author, by analyzing the parallelism between Billy’s travels through time and the intertextual nature of the novel. I will try to establish not only that the two mirror each other, but also that reality depends entirely on perception and perception is at the core of our intersectional identity.