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Breakfast of Champions: Life With Others Essay

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Breakfast of Champions: Life With Others

For anyone who has ever wondered what the meaning of life is, it is to be the eyes and ears of the Creator of the Universe, if one believes Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions (1973).

In Breakfast of Champions the protagonist, Kilgore Trout, is a lonely science fiction writer who lives in a hole in the dredges of New York City. His only work published was "to give bulk to books and magazines of salacious pictures" ( 21). Finally catching his break, Trout is invited to the Midland City Arts Festival, home of Dwayne Hoover. Hoover, who is a wealthy car salesman, owns a share of virtually everything in Midland City. However, Hoover is on the brink of insanity at this time and is
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When Hoover said such punishing words, Harry thought his secret was out and the humiliation would be unbearable. "Harry LeSabre, meanwhile, had been destroyed by Dwayne... Harry closed his eyes. He never wanted to open them again. His heart sent a message to his molecules: 'For reasons obvious to us all, this galaxy is dissolved'" (113). Uninformed about how hurtful his words were, Hoover went on oblivious to the destruction his words had inflicted on Harry's life.

Another example of Vonnegut's discouraging views is when the inherent fears of urban individuals are collectively focused on a fictitious entity in an incident involving Kilgore Trout. "He looked over his shoulder, perceived that they were being followed...The next thing that he knew, he was on his hands and knees on a handball court underneath the Queensboro Bridge...His money was gone. His parcels were scattered around him" (75). The police find him and transport him to the station for questioning. They ask about the culprits. Trouts response is, " 'For all I know the car may have been occupied by intelligent gas from Pluto...Trout said this so innocently, but his comment turned out to be the first epidemic of mind-poisoning" (76). When the reporters got a hold of the information they caused a city-wide panic . Everyone was in fear of this so called Pluto Gang, when in fact they were just a bad case of gossip. "So New Yorkers, who had so many nameless terrors, were easily taught
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