He has supposed for years that he had no secrets from himself. It was an extremely quiet thing Billy did, and not very moist. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward — and since I can start thinking and striving again that much sooner. Intense and seemingly unwarranted flashbacks or memory triggers are one of the hallmark symptoms of post- traumatic stress disorder, and this quote seems to indicate that Billy's trauma is something he is only subconsciously aware of. It is important for many reasons. You might as well have asked that of Beethoven.
He was powerless to harm the enemy or to help his friends. His or her perception goes beyond the shell of appearance and into essence. They had both found life meaningless, partly because of what they had seen in war. . And I myself am a work of fiction. This quote becomes even more meaningful at the end of Chapter 9, when it is revealed that the serenity prayer is engraved in Montana Wildhack's locket, suggesting that Billy's experiences on Tralfamadore are delusions where the details have been filled in from elements of his reality.
He has no choice about being tossed into the pool and he has no choice about being saved from it— much like he has no choice but to go fight in the Battle of the Bulge, and he has no choice but to keep going afterwards. And what do the birds say? He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. Nobody had ever caught Billy doing it. Science fiction was a big help. I belong to an unholy disorder. Do it as well as you possibly can.
The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. Billy was a chaplain's assistant in the war. It was disgust with civilization. It expresses a general sense of resignation to the way things are.
It acknowledges life as a dream. But it has always been a mess. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time. The one characteristic of authentic power that most people overlook is humbleness. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. He was under doctor's orders to take a nap every day. And Billy had seen the greatest massacre in European history, which was the fire-bombing of Dresden.
The arts are not a way to make a living. I just got here myself. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. His father was going to throw Billy into the deep end, and Billy was going to damn well swim.
There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. It was like an execution. This is a Tralfamadorian motto, Billy Pilgrim explains, and he seems to embrace it. Today marks the release of , the first official biography of the great American writer and counterculture icon. You will get an enormous reward. Here was proof that he had great big secret somewhere inside, and he could not imagine what it was. A humble person walks in a friendly world.
A chaplain's assistant is customarily a figure of fun in the American Army. A lot of patients who saw the prayer on Billy's wall told him that it helped them to keep going, too. And this engineer knows exactly what he or she is doing and why, and where evolution is headed. He or she sees friends everywhere he or she looks, wherever he or she goes, whomever he or she meets. Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak. You will have entertained us. Both men have been traumatized by the war, and end up seeking comfort and solace in the science fiction works of Kilgore Trout, despite having different backgrounds and experiences.