Friday, April 2, 2010

Slaughterhouse - Five Literary Term: Parody

  • Def.- specific literary work or style of an author usually to ridicule
  • Ex.- pg. 142-143, "The United States of America has been Balkanized, has been divided into twenty petty nations... Chicago has been hydrogen-bombed by angry Chinamen... Billy predicts his own death within an hour... At that moment, Billy's high forehead is in the cross hairs of a high-powered laser gun... In the next moment, Billy Pilgrim is dead. So it goes."
  • C.- After hearing Lazzaro tell a story about his revenge on a dog that bit him, Lazzaro tells Billy that he will eventually kill him for Roland Weary's death. Billy then recounts how he will die at Lazzaro's hand.
  • C.- Vonnegut's description of Billy's future seems to parody science fiction novels.
  • C.- This parody seems to be ironic when most of the book is told through a character that believes he can travel through time and has traveled to and lived on an alien planet.

No comments:

Post a Comment