Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

by

Kurt Vonnegut

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The main character in Kilgore Trout’s novel, This Year’s Masterpiece. The novel takes place on a planet named Bagnialto, where a government official spins a wheel of chance once a year to determine the cast value of art. Gooz, a poor cobbler, paints a picture of his cat, and the wheel determines that the painting is worth the equivalent of one billion dollars on Earth. Gooz and his painting represent the subjectivity of art and the arbitrary way that art is often assigned value and worth.
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Gooz Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

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Chapter 14
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...once a year to determine the cash value of art. One year, a cobbler named Gooz paints a picture of his cat; Gooz’s painting is deemed to be worth the equivalent... (full context)