Friday, April 2, 2010

Slaughterhouse - Five Literary Term: Ellipsis

  • Def.- chronological gap indicating material has been omitted, used to invite readers to fill in the gap
  • Ex.- pg. 198, "Everything is all right, and everybody has to do exactly what he does. I learned that on Tralfamadore."
  • C.- In the hospital, Billy is telling Rumfoord about what happened in Dresden.
  • C.- The ellipsis between Billy's travel to Tralfamadore and his return to Earth
  • C.- presents the reader with multiple interpretations as to how and when Billy got back, or even if his trip was real or rather a coping mechanism to deal either with the tragedies he saw in the war or his own pain from the plane crash and the loss of his wife.

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