- to represent the confused and disastrous nature of war
- to represent the disruptiveness of the war on the lives of the soldiers that fought in it
2. What is the significance of the phrase "so it goes"?
- reflects a kind of comfort in the Tralfamadorian idea that although a person may be dead in a particular moment, he or she is alive in all the other moments of their life
- the repetition of the phrase points out the tragic inevitability of death
3. What is significant of the bird cry "poo-tee-weet"?
- symbolizes the lack of anything intelligent to say about war
- is as appropriate a thing to say as anything, since no words can really describe the horror of the Dresden firebombing
4. List the major themes of Slaughterhouse-Five.
- the destructiveness of war
- the illusion of free will, or free will versus fatalism
- the importance of sight
- for elaboration, see sparknotes
5. How does Vonnegut use time to communicate his themes?
- the absence of order of time might represent the disruptive nature of war or the state of mind of the soldiers after they witness the horrors of war
- represents the illogical nature of human beings thinking that they are confined to the rules of time, which is shown in the Tralfamadorian philosophy