The Narrative Function of Kilgore Trout and His Fictional Works in Slaughterhouse-Five

  title={The Narrative Function of Kilgore Trout and His Fictional Works in Slaughterhouse-Five},
  author={Jes{\'u}s Lerate de Castro},
This paper analyzes Vonnegut's use of historical and imaginary sources in Slaughter­ house-Five, paying particular attention to the structural role played by Kilgore Trout—Vonnegut's literary alter ego—and his six science-fiction stories. Trout's intratextual fiction, it is argued here, enlarges the scope of the novel, underlines a series of central themes, criticizes certain moral values, and introduces a comic dimension that counterbalances the seriousness of the war material. 
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