optimism in slaughterhouse five and how it relates to humanity.
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"Essentially the entire novel comes down to this one
point; a hint of optimism in a dismal picture of the world. In the
novel, the phrase "bugs in amber" is used with some regularity, and
enclosed spaces abound - from an actual cave, to a train car, to the zoo,
and even to the enclosed space of prenatal "red light and bubbling
sounds." These enclosed spaces signify Billy's physical entrapment in
amber. In the movie no reference is made to "bugs in amber," and yet the
same effect is created with shots that always seem to include the
ceiling, creating a sense of enclosure. As in the novel, these 'caves'
can be unpleasant, scary, and associated with death, or they can be a
place of survival and security."