In that way, He may be accepting, and moving on from the fact that death is inevitable for everyone, and that he can do nothing about it. But, I would say that he is internally still very vulnerable in the aspect of moving on from the pain of death. True, the quotes are mentioned every time after one dies. Quite literally for Billy, he is unstuck in time, he has been abducted by aliens, and that by itself shows how he has no control of his life what so ever. So, his life is presented as something uncontrollable, something he cannot even hope or dare to change.
One must simply accept it and roll with it. One must go on.
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Some war-enthusiasts may say, Hundreds died already, if one more died, who cares, life happens, it is fate, there is a bigger cause. However, Vonnegut believes that war itself is a loss for any side. Elizabeth I read "So it goes" as a sort of sigh of resignation.
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Chris Vanjonack This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [We may never know hide spoiler ]. DeeRae Billy knows the outcome can't be changed. He learned this from the Tralfamadorians who know even they can't change their own destruction of everything. Keith Henderson Like Sal Noel, I think Vonnegut is using this to call our attention, to have an inverse effect compared to the ostensible meaning of the phrase. But this is an anti-war novel, a peacenik piece.
Olekingcole I would say if you replace "it" with "life" the narrator says "So life goes" as in all life ends in death. Sal Noel In a way, that's life- there's nothing we can do, but I think there's a point that maybe we could do something and this defeatist attitude stinks, and that is what Vonnegut infers. It's a smart way to point out every time there is death in the book.
Even when you get tired of reading it, it stops you and let you remind you that death happened. In war life is not unique, it's a number in a lottery. The relation between reason and effect death seems a lot of the times circumstantial. For me it felt like a recurring joke, just to lighten the mood. The sentence borders an absurdity after a while. It highlights the indifference with which we treat death. It also shows the desensitization of the characters and humans in general by implying that random death even in unnecessary circumstances is a casual part of life.
Brooke He says "so it goes" every time he mentions that someone died.
I think it means that death is inevitable no matter how important you were or what you did in life. Rosa Because everyone will have to die eventually.
Iris That's life. It is a fatalistic remark. Netti Vonnegut's parents were German. Translated literally into German, "So it goes" is "So geht's" - and that is a very, very, common phrase to comment fatalistically on things one can't change or can't prevent to happen. Peter This expression is used by the narrator on the first page. The Tralfamadorians say this when someone dies, and therefore so does Billy, but this isn't explained till further into the book, and the narrator isn't Billy, so perhaps it has another meaning. If I heard someone use this expression in speech, I would interpret it as "or so the story goes", which means this might not be what really happened.
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