Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Lyle Hoover Character Analysis

Kyle Hoover’s twin brother and Dwayne Hoover’s stepbrother. Lyle is a carbon copy of Kyle, and even Dwayne was not able to tell them apart until 1954 when Lyle’s nose was broken in a fight over a woman at the Roller Derby. Now, Lyle is the twin with the broken nose, and he also does most of the talking between the two. Lyle is the one who tells Dwayne about the industrial waste taking over the Sacred Miracle Cave, and he also tells his stepbrother about their efforts to combat the pollution by riddling it with shotgun shells. When Lyle and Kyle open fire on the toxic waste collecting in the cave, they reflect society’s futile tendency to treat only the symptoms of environmental pollution rather than going directly after the cause.
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Lyle Hoover Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Lyle Hoover appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Mental Health Theme Icon
...bit nutty out of here.” Francine agrees and tells Dwayne that the twins, Kyle and Lyle, are waiting in his inner office. They have come to talk about a problem at... (full context)
Mental Health Theme Icon
Kyle and Lyle are Dwayne’s twin stepbrothers, and the three of them jointly own the Sacred Miracle Cave,... (full context)
The Destruction of the Planet Theme Icon
Capitalism and Consumerism Theme Icon
“Them bubbles is halfway up to the Cathedral now,” says Lyle. “The way they’re coming, they’ll be up to Moby Dick in a week or two.”... (full context)
The Destruction of the Planet Theme Icon
Lyle and Kyle had taken their Browning Automatic Shotguns and riddled the cave with shotgun shells,... (full context)