Interesting (Chapter 4)

Chapter 4 is a very interesting chapter. It gets into the part where Billy is first abducted by aliens. These Trafalmadores that Billy is talking about are very interesting creatures. They have a very different concept on life and death that others, including Billy, didn’t seem to understand. Back in chapter 2, the notion about death and time was very odd but interesting in a way. Just because someone appears dead in this life doesn’t mean that they’re dead in other lives. That piece of information I read sounds kind of familiar to spirituality. Our bodies may be dead, but our souls live forever. We may be something totally different in the next life. It’s a different way of looking at life that has always seemed weird at first but makes sense when you really dig deep into that idea. Another thing that interested me about the Tralfamadores is free will. “Only on Earth is there any talk of free will” (page 109). This quote is very…odd. Like what does that even mean? Maybe it has to do with the fact that in their world, things just happen. There is no why. It just happens, and it is what it is. Another thing that is odd is the fact that they made him strip himself of his clothes. It’s the same thing they made him do in the war. Coincidence? I don’t know.

Another thing that I really found interesting about thus chapter was Billy’s memory. I know, it sounds kind of obvious that he has a good memory since he’s telling his war story. His memory about his childhood however, was fascinating. ” And Billy zoomed back in time to his infancy. He was a baby who had just been bathed by his mother. Now his mother wrapped him in a towel, carried him into a rosy room that was filled with sunshine”(page 107). It was so interesting how he remembered all of that. I can barely remember what I learned last week. Looking at this chapter made me realize how powerful his mind is.

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