Slaughterhouse Five The concept of a linear beginning, middle, and end in the progression of time is thrown askew in Kurt Evensong’s Slaughterhouses through Billy’s travels through it me and space. All people on earth experience a chronological progression of time; they expel irenic birth and death, and are able to perceive the consequences of their actions. Because of Bills time travel, death does not represent the ultimate end to one’s life. Therefore, to Billy dead the does not retain he importance that it does to others.
The use of “So it goes” in the novel point TTS out the inevitability of death but also represents the idea that each person IS living the rough different moments in time giving death has no meaning. Billy’s early mentions of “so it goes” in the novel show how Billy equalizes all d eats on a small or large scale. In the fourth chapter of the novel, a homeless man dies on Billy’s railway car, “On the ninth day, the hobo died. So it In this quote you see Bill facing the death of someone who doesn’t mean a lotto him, by using so it goes.
The sour prosing thing about Billy, is that his reaction to the death Of the homeless man is practically the as me as his reaction to the death of his father, “My father died many years ago inflow natural cause sees. So it goes. He was a sweet man. He was a gun nut, too. He left me his guns. They rust. ” (210) In this quote you see the similar reaction/ coping method used by Billy in the death of the homeless man and many f the other deaths that Billy experiences during the novel.
Because Billy know that the person, although dead, is still living in the past he is able to equalize all deaths. This id EAI that everyone is living in separate moments, was introduced to Billy by the Transformational. The Transformational show Billy the symbolism behind “So it goes” and that d death has no true meaning.