Breakfast of Champions Analysis

  • Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions is notable for its innovative structure and metafictional elements. Vonnegut inserts himself into the novel as both the narrator and a character, using himself as a foil for the less successful Kilgore Trout, a science-fiction writer with no reputable publications to his name.
  • Breakfast of Champions alludes to many of Kilgore Trout's works, none of which exist in the real world. One of Trout's novels, Now It Can Be Told, reappears throughout the novel, it being Trout's sole possession after the mugging in New York City. Trout recounts the narratives of his stories, including one in which a character named Zog communicates by tap dancing and farting.
  • Vonnegut was concerned with the deterioration and the hypocrisy of America culture. He notes that Thomas Jefferson, a man hailed as a great thinker and proponent of freedom, owned slaves. He goes on to criticize American capitalism by describing fast food chains and neon lights with evident disgust.

Literary Techniques

Written after Vonnegut's brief-lived rejection of prose, the novel is a conscious effort to break away from the successful formulas of his...

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