Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

by

Kurt Vonnegut

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Dwayne and Celia Hoover’s son, and a “notorious homosexual.” Originally named George, Dwayne’s son is known as Bunny in Midland City. Dwayne’s mental anguish is due in large part to his disillusionment with Bunny’s sexuality, which first came to light during Bunny’s childhood when he confided in Dwayne that “he wished he was a woman instead of a man.” Dwayne responded by sending Bunny to military school, but the United States Military, an institution “devoted to homicide and absolutely humorless obedience,” did nothing but provide Bunny with eight years “of uninterrupted sports, buggery and Fascism.” Bunny excels at military school, but the skills he learns are “useless,” and he winds up playing the piano in the cocktail lounge of the Holiday Inn in Midland City. Bunny is a talented pianist—far too good to be playing in a Midwestern cocktail lounge—but he forces himself to endure through “Transcendental Meditation.” Bunny is “pale” and “unhealthy,” and lives the life of a depressed hermit in a “flophouse” in the most dangerous part of town known as “Skid Row.” Bunny is Dwayne’s primary target when he loses his mind and physically assaults the citizens of Midland City, and as Dwayne beats Bunny’s face of the keys of a baby Grand Piano, Bunny never tries to fight back. After Dwayne’s mental breakdown, Bunny “responds so grotesquely that there is talk of putting [him] in the booby hatch, too.”

George / Bunny Hoover Quotes in Breakfast of Champions

The Breakfast of Champions quotes below are all either spoken by George / Bunny Hoover or refer to George / Bunny Hoover. 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 17 Quotes

Listen: Bunny’s mother and my mother were different sorts of human beings, but they were both beautiful in exotic ways, and they both boiled over with chaotic talk about love and peace and wars and evil and desperation, of better days coming by and by, of worse days coming by and by. And both our mothers committed suicide. Bunny’s mother ate Drāno. My mother ate sleeping pills, which wasn’t nearly as horrible.

Related Characters: Kurt Vonnegut (speaker), George / Bunny Hoover, Celia Hoover
Page Number: 186
Explanation and Analysis:
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George / Bunny Hoover Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character George / Bunny Hoover appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Mental Health Theme Icon
...everything—even that his wife, Celia, has committed suicide “by eating Drāno,” and that his son, George, is “a notorious homosexual” named Bunny. “Where am I?” Dwayne asks again.  (full context)
Chapter 17
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Bunny Hoover, “Dwayne’s homosexual son,” is busy getting ready for work. He plays piano at the... (full context)
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Bunny can handle his job at the Holiday Inn because “he isn’t really there.” He can... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
Bunny had been sent to military school when he was just ten years old, after he... (full context)
Mental Health Theme Icon
Each time Bunny came home with more medals, Celia would be so proud, and then she should would... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
Capitalism and Consumerism Theme Icon
Luckily, Celia had taught Bunny how to play the piano because his military training was “useless.” The military ultimately kicked... (full context)
Chapter 18
The Destruction of the Planet Theme Icon
Capitalism and Consumerism Theme Icon
...City, and four miles away, Dwayne sits in the cocktail lounge of the Holiday Inn. Bunny sits playing the piano, but the two men do not acknowledge each other. Outside, Wayne... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Mental Health Theme Icon
...thousands of words of such solipsistic whimsey in ten minutes or so,” and walks toward Bunny at the piano. Bunny sees him approaching and is sure that he is about to... (full context)
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Race and Racism Theme Icon
Dwayne tells Wayne about his wife, Celia, and about Bunny being a homosexual. “White robots are just like black robots,” Dwayne says, “in that they... (full context)