Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

by

Kurt Vonnegut

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Beatrice Keedsler Character Analysis

A “distinguished” Gothic novelist and native of Midland City. Beatrice is a guest at the Arts Festival in Midland City, although Vonnegut has little respect for her artistically. Vonnegut accuses Beatrice of “joining hands with other old-fashioned storytellers to make people believe that life had leading characters, minor characters, significant details, insignificant details, that it had lessons to be learned, tests to be passed, and a beginning, a middle, and an end.” Beatrice represents traditional storytelling, the very thing Vonnegut vows to “shun.”

Beatrice Keedsler Quotes in Breakfast of Champions

The Breakfast of Champions quotes below are all either spoken by Beatrice Keedsler or refer to Beatrice Keedsler. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dial Press edition of Breakfast of Champions published in 2011.
Chapter 19 Quotes

I had no respect whatsoever for the creative works of either the painter or the novelist. I thought Karabekian with his meaningless pictures had entered into a conspiracy with millionaires to make poor people feel stupid. I thought Beatrice Keedsler had joined hands with other old-fashioned storytellers to make people believe that life had leading characters, minor characters, significant details, insignificant details, that it had lessons to be learned, tests to be passed, and a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Related Characters: Kurt Vonnegut (speaker), Rabo Karabekian, Beatrice Keedsler
Related Symbols: Paintings
Page Number: 214-215
Explanation and Analysis:
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Beatrice Keedsler Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Beatrice Keedsler appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...the mental institution. Dwayne is deep in thought, and he doesn’t notice when two artists, Beatrice Keedsler, a Gothic novelist, and Rabo Karabekian, a minimalist painter, enter the bar. “This has... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Beatrice Keedsler is “dismayed” that Rabo has been paid so much money. Still, she hides her... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...seems, has “entered into a conspiracy with millionaires to make poor people feel stupid,” and Beatrice has “joined hands with other old-fashioned storytellers” who believe life, like literature, has “lessons to... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Rabo Karabekian and Beatrice Keedsler try to intervene, but Dwayne attacks them as well. “Never hit a woman, right?”... (full context)