Through escapism he has created the planet of Tralfamadore and the Tralfamadorians.
He witnessed the effects of one of the most horrific and unnecessary military assaults in the history of the United States.
Furthermore, during his stay in Dresden, Billy witnessed an equally evastating scene when “poor old Edgar Derby” was killed by a firing squad for stealing a teapot form the rubble of Dresden, and Billy had to dig his grave.
Comparisons are also evident through similarites in attitudes of both Germans and Tralfamadorians alike. Billy’s life on Tralfamadore is parallel to his real life.
When first abducted, Billy asks the Tralfamadorians “why me? Equivalent to this when an American prisoner asks the Nazi guard why he beat him, the guard responds “vy you? Furthermore, Billy, unable to confront the atrocities he has experienced, resigns himself to the Tralfamadorian philosophy that he has no control over his life and vicariously escapes through the novels of Kilgore Trout and time-traveling hallucinations. He got a few paragraphs into it, and then he realized that he had read it before- years ago, in the veterans’ hospital.
Although not officially diagnosed until the 1980s, the mental disorder had been terrorizing its victims throughout history.