Foreshadowing (Chapter 6)

This chapter was the chapter of foreshadowing. Of course, this whole book so far is full of foreshadowing, but this specific chapter was short and mostly foreshadowing. Let’s start off by mentioning Paul Lazzaro. We learn a little more additional information about this small, short man. And let me tell you, he reminds me of Roland Weary a lot. He’s kind of aggressive and holds a mean grudge. “Anybody ever asks you what the sweetest thing in life is–said Lazzaro, it’s revenge” (page 177). This quote describes Lazzaro’s whole personality. He talks about how he put knives in a dog’s steak because the dog bit him. He watches the dog suffer in pain as the knives cut him in his gut. Now, I can understand him being upset about being bit but to put knives in the dog’s steak? That’s…odd and is also a lot. I can’t imagine going to that length to get revenge. It’s just isn’t worth it; but that’s not even the crazy part about Lazzaro.

The craziest part about Lazzaro was him predicting Billy’s death. It sounds crazy at first until Billy actually confirmed it. Lazzaro said that he would get Billy eventually but just not now. It would be years later before he’d actually kill Billy. Billy talks about how he remembers dying on February 13th, 1976. He’s seen his own death so many times that it doesn’t even faze him. You would think since he’s seen his own death plenty of times he would try to prevent it. However, that’s just not how it goes. Billy has come to terms with his own death happening like that. It’s like he’s at peace with how he’s going to die. It’s honestly fascinating, scary, and sad all at the same time. Someone being that at peace with how they’re going to die is oddly great yet scary. It also shows how insane Mr. Lazzaro actually is. No wonder Roland and him are friends. Psychopaths got to stick together somehow, I guess.

The last part of the book gets into the part that is most significant in this book: Dresden. This is where we get a whiff of Dresden. They start off talking about beautiful Dresden. The scenery was beautiful there. Many Americans have not experienced a city so beautiful. Of course, the people of Dresden however, were not feeling the American troops. Billy might have been the most hated because of how he was dressed. He was wearing a blue toga, silver shoes, with his hands in a muff. I guess I can’t blame them for thinking he’s goofy. It also brings up another issue on how poorly U.S. soldiers are looked at it in other countries. It’s extremely embarrassing to even read sometimes. But anyway, they finally get to the slaughterhouse. This was the American soldiers’ home now, a slaughterhouse that was made to butcher animals. How delightful. The address they had to remember in order to get around was “Schlachthof-funf”(page 195). It meant Slaughter-house five. This shall be interesting.

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