Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Mary Alice Miller Character Analysis

The Queen of the Arts Festival and a local celebrity in Midland City. Mary Alice is an Olympic Gold Medalist and the Women’s Two Hundred Meter Breast Stroke Champion of the World. Her father taught her to swim at just eight months old, and after Rabo Karabekian accuses her father of “turning her into an outboard motor,” it starts a near-riot at the festival. Mary Alice Miller represents pride in Midland City, and when Rabo ridicules Mary Alice, he ridicules Midland City by extension and suggests “that their lives might be ridiculous” as well.
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Mary Alice Miller Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Mary Alice Miller appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
Rabo asks Bonnie about Mary Alice Miller , the girl on the cover of the program for the Festival. Mary Alice is... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...the author, am suddenly transformed by what I have done so far.” When Rabo questions Mary Alice Miller , he essentially questions Midland City as well, and makes the people worry that “their... (full context)