Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Bonnie MacMahon Character Analysis

The “white waitress” at the cocktail lounge in the Holiday Inn of Midland City. Bonnie lost all her money in a failed attempt to open a car wash in nearby Shepherdstown and now works at the Holiday Inn to make ends meet. She is a typical struggling blue-collar worker—she works hard for little pay and often despises her customers, but she smiles for the sake of tips. Bonnie gets into an altercation with Rabo Karabekian after he insults Mary Alice Miller, a local Midland City celebrity and Queen of the Arts Festival. Like several other innocent bystanders, Bonnie MacMahon is assaulted by Dwayne Hoover after he suffers a psychotic break and “runs amok” in Midland City.
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Bonnie MacMahon Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Bonnie MacMahon 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
Capitalism and Consumerism Theme Icon
Bonnie MacMahon, a “white cocktail waitress,” walks by with a drink in her hand. She is... (full context)
Chapter 19
People and Machines Theme Icon
...Creator of the Universe here in the dark in the cocktail lounge,” Vonnegut says. As Bonnie MacMahon brings him another drink, she eyes him suspiciously. “Can you see anything in the... (full context)
Capitalism and Consumerism Theme Icon
Bonnie brings Rabo another martini. “Breakfast of Champions,” she says again as she places the drink... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
Rabo asks Bonnie about Mary Alice Miller, the girl on the cover of the program for the Festival.... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...lives might be ridiculous.” Rabo, “a man from out-of-town,” has “ridiculed” their lives. “Oh yeah?” Bonnie yells. “Oh, yeah? You don’t think much of Mary Alice Miller?” she asks. “Well, we... (full context)
Chapter 21
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
As Kilgore enters the cocktail lounge, Bonnie MacMahon has just yelled at Rabo Karabekian, and Rabo has illuminated everyone about his painting... (full context)
Race and Racism Theme Icon
...a Nigger even spend the night in Shepherdstown.” Incidentally, this is why, according to Vonnegut, Bonnie MacMahon’s carwash went bankrupt. To be successful, a carwash “needs cheap and plentiful labor, which... (full context)
Chapter 23
Mental Health Theme Icon
...a woman, right?” Dwayne yells as he punches Beatrice in the face. He then punches Bonnie MacMahon in the stomach and suddenly stops. “All you robots what to know why my... (full context)