Slaughterhouse Five: Death

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Slaughterhouse Five: Death by Mind Map: Slaughterhouse Five: Death

1. "His mother was incinerated in the Dresden fire-storm. So it goes."

1.1. His mother died in Dresden

2. "The irony is so great. A whole city gets burned down, and thousands of people are killed. And then this one American foot soldier is arrested in the ruins for taking a teapot. And he's given a regular trial, and then he's shot by a firing squad."

2.1. Why is there more care for a person that stole rather than more care for the thousands of people that died?

2.1.1. Are their priorities different from ours?

3. "The rabid little American I call Paul Lazzaro in this book had a quart of diamonds and emeralds and rubies and so on. He had taken these from dead people in the cellars of Dresden. So it goes."

3.1. Alive soldiers steal from dead soldiers

3.1.1. Why do this?

3.1.2. Why not leave the dead's belongings with them and find their own?

4. "This veteran decided to take his car into the basement, and he closed the door and started down, but his wedding ring was caught in all the ornaments. So he was hoisted into the air and the floor of the car went down, dropped out from under him, and the top of the car squashed him. So it goes"

4.1. Death happens to good people

4.2. Tragic way to die

5. "Now what was the grand result of all these struggles? Europe expended millions of her treasures, and the blood of two million of her people; and a handful of quarrelsome knights retained possession of Palestine for about one hundred years!"

5.1. What did all of these people die for?

6. "And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like 'Poo-tee-weet?'"

6.1. A special saying/quote that the birds say when someone dies

7. "I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee."

7.1. He doesn't want his sons to become like him; he doesn't want his sons to be murderers

7.1.1. He most likely does not want his sons to become soldiers What if his sons did become soldiers? How would he feel?

8. "His father died in a hunting accident during the war. So it goes."

8.1. He was away from his father when he died

8.1.1. He most likely wishes that he had been there

8.1.2. May live with this guilt for the rest of his life

9. "While Billy was recuperating in a hospital in Vermont, his wife died accidentally of carbon-monoxide poisoning. So it goes."

9.1. After one bad thing happened to Billy, another bad thing happened while he was recovering from the first bad thing

9.1.1. Bad things happen and sometimes build upon each other

10. "Early in 1968, a group of optometrists, with Billy among them, chartered an airplane to fly them from Ilium to an international convention of optometrists in Montreal. The plane crashed on top of Sugarbush Mountain, in Vermont. Everybody was killed but Billy. So it goes."

10.1. It must have been horrible for Billy to be the only survivor

10.1.1. How did he feel? Did he ever ask "why me"?

11. So it goes

11.1. What Kurt Vonnegut says after someone dies

11.2. Why this saying?

11.3. To me, this is saying that everyone dies eventually

11.3.1. It is just the matter of when and how