Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Harold Newcomb Wilbur Character Analysis

Midland City’s second most decorated war veteran and the bartender at the cocktail lounge in the Holiday Inn. Vonnegut fears that Harold will kick him out of the bar for acting suspicious, so he has Ned Lingamon, Midland City’s most decorated war veteran, call Harold on the telephone from jail to create a diversion. Both Harold and Ned reflect Vonnegut’s control over his characters, and he explicitly outlines their purpose and existence.

Harold Newcomb Wilbur Quotes in Breakfast of Champions

The Breakfast of Champions quotes below are all either spoken by Harold Newcomb Wilbur or refer to Harold Newcomb Wilbur. 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

And he went on staring at me, even though I wanted to stop him now. Here was the thing about my control over the characters I created: I could only guide their movements approximately, since they were such big animals. There was inertia to overcome. It wasn’t as though I was connected to them by steel wires. It was more as though I was connected to them by stale rubberbands.

Related Characters: Kurt Vonnegut (speaker), Harold Newcomb Wilbur
Page Number: 207
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Harold Newcomb Wilbur Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Harold Newcomb Wilbur appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19
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...Vonnegut answers. She nods and goes back to the bar, where she tells the bartender, Harold Newcomb Wilbur, about their strange customer. (full context)
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Harold stares at Vonnegut, and Vonnegut wants him to stop, but he can’t force him. “Here... (full context)
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Harold is the second most decorated veteran in Midland City. He was awarded several medals during... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
As Harold talks to Ned, Vonnegut draws a colorless representation of Rabo Karabekian’s painting, The Temptation of... (full context)