Concluding Thoughts

“It ends like this:

Poo-tee-weet?” (22)

Despite being a so called “anti-war novel”, I decided that what interested me more was the role that time played in this novel, and how it compared to its role in the real world. Specifically, the idea of the non-linearity of time.

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3 Essential Questions… Answered?

In conclusion…

Is time linear?

Maybe- just because we can’t see the fourth dimension doesn’t mean it’s not there. At the same time, it’s in our nature to need to see proof to convert our thinking from what “might be” to what is.

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The Possibility of Becoming Unstuck

How might we be able to become “unstuck in time” in our own way?

“Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren’t necessarily fun. He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next” (23)

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Time of Our Lives

How much does time dictate our lives in comparison to the characters in the novel?

We know that it’s more likely at this point that time is more in control over us than we are of it.

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The Butterfly Effect and the Non-Linearity of Time

“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world” (The Butterfly Effect, 2004 movie)

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Introducing the Butterfly Effect

According to the Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions theory, also called the Chaos Theory, but more known to mainstream media as the Butterfly Effect, “the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado” (Peter Dizikes, February 22, 2011).

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The Non-Linearity of Time

Seeing may be believing, but that does not mean we must go on in complete ignorance of what else might be.

“It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another on, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever” (27)

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