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I want to know how Breakfast of Champions fits into post-modernism.I read ‘breakfast...

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hahoooo | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 8, 2008 at 3:49 AM via web

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I want to know how Breakfast of Champions fits into post-modernism.

I read ‘breakfast of champions’ by Kurt vonnegut and I want to know about the bookThe Post-Modern’s characteristics are

  • Contradictions in American Society
  • Deviation from normalcy
  • Globalization is isolating, not uniting to the individual
  • Birth of anti-hero or humanization of villain
  • Cynical to sarcastic

Hmm how to fit this book on the post modernism..?Help T_T

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2008 at 9:26 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several aspects of this novel that fit well with postmodernism. The first is the way Vonnegut breaks the narrative frame. He puts himself in and out of the story, disrupting the illusion of a coherent fictional world and calling attention to its constructed nature. A second is the strong emphasis on consumerism. The name of the novel itself is drawn from mass advertising for a breakfast cereal, and introduces a strong note of irony. Is anything in this novel a breakfast of champions? Are there any champions here?

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