Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Breakfast of Champions: Plague of Unhappiness :: Breakfast of Champions Essays
Breakfast of Champions Plague of Unhappiness The motto of D focusne Hoovers and Kilgore Trouts nation E pluribus unum, Out of Many One (9). Out of many characters the narrator chooses one, Kilgore Trout, to fulfill success. He and Dwayne Hoover are main characters in Kurt Vonneguts novel Breakfast of Champions (1973). This book is a microcosm of modern American society. E genuinely character symbolizes a unlike part of the society. The main characters, Dwayne and Kilgore, are symbols Dwayne representing the successful family man and business person, and Kilgore representing the lonely and unsuccessful people of the world. This novel reveals the misconception people have concerning the relationships between being affluent and successful and being happy. We never discussed what kind of funeral you wanted, (18) said Kilgore Trout to his pet parakeet, and only friend. Kilgore was born in Bermuda. When he was young, he worked with his father trying to save the jeopardise Bermuda Ern s. When an Ern would die, Kilgore had the gruesome task of measuring the dead birds wingspan. He seemed doomed from childhood. The pessimism that overwhelmed him in later life very likely had its roots in the semisweet mulch of rotting Erns (31). This pessimism destroys every human relationship Kilgore Trout has. For this dry land, Kilgore is a lonely middle-aged man expecting nothing more from his life than to die alone. The only way he outwardly expresses himself is through writing science fiction novels and short stories. One man has taken interest in Kilgores writing. His name is Mr. Rosewater, a very rich man who earned his riches by running coal mines in the mountains of West Virginia. In his eyes Kilgore Trout is a genius. Rosewater funds an extensive appear to find Kilgores address. Once he has the address, he sends Kilgore a fan letter. Kilgore perceives this letter as an invasion of his privacy. Rosewater insists he is not intruding and promises to make Kilgore famous. Trout says, Keep the pitfall out of my body bag (33). Rosewater uses his influences to get Kilgore invited to an art show in Midland City. At this art festival, Kilgore will be one of the main speakers. Kilgore, with no intentions of going at first, says, Im not going. I dont want out of my cage (36). The same pessimism that is causing him to live a lonely, unfulfilled life is also the reason he decides to go the art festival.