Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Gloria Browning Character Analysis

The cashier in the Service Department of Dwayne Hoover’s Pontiac dealership. Gloria has a hysterectomy at the young age of twenty-five after a “botched abortion.” She is terribly embittered and unhappy, and since she doesn’t “have nerve enough to commit suicide,” she sarcastically does “anything anybody says—in the service of mankind.” Gloria serves as a cautionary tale for what happens when a woman’s reproductive rights and freedoms are limited or taken away.
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Gloria Browning Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Gloria Browning appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
People and Machines Theme Icon
...doesn’t mind going—she thinks it is “her duty” to do so—but she must first convince Gloria Browning, the Service Department cashier, to man her desk, which is known as the “Nerve... (full context)
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Gloria finally agrees to sit at Francine’s desk. “I don’t have nerve enough to commit suicide,”... (full context)