An Explication of Chapter One
Vonnegut uses a blunt tone throughout the first chapter to empathize his true feelings toward the war. Like many authors in the Post Modernism time period, Vonnegut uses straightforward sentences that help him achieve his blunt tone. “He is short and I am tall. We were Mutt and Jeff in the war. We were captured in the war” (Vonnegut 4). He uses this sentence structure to show that he wants to block out all the details that people would associate with war. He is reminiscent of war, but rather than focusing on the war itself, Vonnegut thinks about the people and their spouses and their children and their jobs and their lives and so on. His syntax helps develop his argument by using short sentences to emulate that of a child.