Humor in Breakfast of Champions


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Humor in Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., author of Breakfast of Champions, died on April 11, 2007 (Welsh 318). Vonnegut has been claimed to be one of the most widely taught authors in American colleges and universities (Welsh 318). Vonnegut uses several types of verbal and visual humor to make his science fiction story come alive for the readers, including satire, word play, malapropisms, and situational humor. The primary message is that people must make sense of a world that continually throws different twists in life, similar to Kilgore Trout who changed from a “nobody” to a successful individual or Hoover who became insane.
Kurt Vonnegut knew the secret of using incongruity as the spice of humor in his science fiction story...
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.....s, they can overcome these and be successful.
Works Cited
Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. “Is Kurt Vonnegut Kidding Us?” New York Times. 2 May 1973. 22 Feb. 2010 <>.
Meyer, William. “Kurt Vonnegut: The Man with Nothing to Say.” Critique 29.2 (1988): 95-110.
Simpson, Josh. “This Promising of Great Secrets’: Literature, Ideas, and the (Re) Invention of Reality in Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions.” Critique 45.3 (2004): 261-272.
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. Breakfast of Champions. New York: Dell Publishing, 1973.
Welsh, Jim. “Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007): A Tribute.” The Journal of American Culture 31.3 (2008): 318-319.