Slaughterhouse five first two chapters are very interesting in many ways. Kurt Vonnegut has a major difficulty trying to figure out a way to write his book about Dresden a German city that was firebombed by Americans in WWII. In the first chapter Vonnegut finds himself struggling to write his book about Dresden when he was a prisoner of war there. Vonnegut finds himself late at night drunk trying to reach out to his old war buddies searching for help. Trying to remember stories to put in Vonnegut book of Dresden.
One night Vonnegut reaches out to an old war buddy named Bernard V. O’Hare for his help on the book, O’Hare agrees and Vonnegut travels to NY to speak with him. While at O’Hare’s house Vonnegut gets the feeling the O’Hare’s wife does not like Vonnegut. Vonnegut after trying his best not to ask why he feels that Mrs. O’Hare is so hospitable towards Vonnegut she finally tells why. Mrs. O’Hare does not what Vonnegut book to make all of the men in seem manly she says “you all were just babies in the war..” (pg 14). You can feel her anger in that passage and rightly so many war movies make all of the men seem heroic when most men were only 18 at the time.
In the chapter Vonnegut never writes about his experience’s as a POW which in many war books the author does. That makes this book very different, Vonnegut does not write about Dresden while he was in the war only of his life while Vonnegut is trying to figure out a way to write his book. Vonnegut puts in a lot of random stories and poems in the chapter his point of doing this is to show that Slaughterhouse five is an antiwar book not a heroic book in the least bit. Vonnegut tells more about his life after the war how Vonnegut went back to school to get a degree so he could have a good life. Vonnegut becomes a professor at many different schools in his life while he is trying to write this book. People all along the way saying that how interesting Vonnegut’s book will be what he will talk about. Vonnegut never truly finds a way to write about Dresden because the US government will not release the details over the bombing. So Vonnegut finds his own way to write his book.