Summary of Chapter 8​

This is the chapter where the story gets to the climax. It begins with Howard W Campbell who is an American Nazi gave a speec to those malnourished prisoners of war to fight in the Russian fronts right before bomb attack. In this chapter Kurt Vonnegut finally describes the image of the night Dresden is destroyed in a deadly firebomb attach. Although, Billy is saved by a well-protected meat locker, psychologically, this memory doesn’t really affect Billy until nearly twenty years later, when the sight of barbershop quartet sings the song on his wedding anniversary, the song lyrics triggers his suppressed sense of grief, where this is the only chapter that shows Billy’s true emotions, after hearing the music, Billy comes out of his deathlike apathy. (in this section he doesn’t travel in time, he just remembers) ”

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