Innocence: A Bittersweet Medicine in Slaughterhouse-Five

Jiannan Tang


In his novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut embarks on a journey toward healing since people are suffering from the traumatic war experience and the society is diseased with violence, injustice, and poverty. Of all the remedies, innocence is a bittersweet medicine to comfort a seriously-ill individual and provide an impossibly beautiful future for the society. Though the world of innocence has been destroyed and reconstructing it on an extraterrestrial planet becomes problematic, an attempt in regaining innocence is significant in that it is part of Vonnegut’s struggles to heal the world.

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