I was wondering what a good idea for a reasearch essay on Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions would be?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
The early chapters of the book introduce the two main characters: Kilgore Trout, a struggling science fiction writer, and Dwayne Hoover, an increasingly insane, but “fabulously well-to-do” car dealer. Kilgore receives an invitation to speak at a convention in Midland City, Dwayne’s home town.
Dwayne meanwhile is slowly going mad. He hallucinates, and his “bad chemicals” make him do many strange things. He insults his employees, making one of them think that Dwayne knows he is a secret transvestite. Many minor characters are introduced, most of whom have hidden links to other characters. Kilgore hitchhikes his way across the country and ends up in the bar at the same hotel as both the author and Dwayne.
The author points out the spiritual climax of the book; a snobbish painter explains his greatest work to the silent bar. The painting is of a single orange bar on a huge green canvas. He explains that at the core of everything that is can be found a shining bright line. A mother and her son, a father and his daughter, or two lovers: nothing but two shining bands of light.
The author speaks of various fates that will befall the characters within the world he has created. Dwayne finally meets Kilgore and his “bad chemicals” trigger a rampage. He attacks many people at the bar and bites the end off Kilgore’s finger. They are all hauled off in a huge ambulance.
After Kilgore is released from the hospital he is confronted by the author of the novel and has a few last things explained to him. The author tells Kilgore that he can send him anywhere in his past or future. The author then transports himself back to his own dimension as Kilgore’s shouts fade out: “Make me young!… Make me young!…”
Explore the hidden links between the main characters and the minor Characters, and explain the relationships between the characters, if any.