Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Characters

By Kurt Vonnegut

John

Cat's Cradle wouldn't be Cat's Cradle without old Johnny boy here. John is our narrator and...

Dr. Felix Hoenikker

Dr. Felix Hoenikker has some powerful genes: he's the father of Newt, Angela, and Frank; and he's...

Bokonon

For a guy who only shows up in the last chapter, Lionel Boyd Johnson—we mean,...

Newt Hoenikker

Newt is a midget and the youngest of the Hoenikker children. He's got kind of a bummer of a life...

Frank Hoenikker

Oh, the middle child. Just ask us about being a middle child. He was "Papa" Monzano's choice...

Angela Hoenikker

And poor Angela is the eldest Hoenikker kid, which means everything falls on her shoulders. After...

Dr. Asa Breed

Asa is the vice president of the Research Laboratory at General Forge. Dr. Breed takes John on a...

H. Lowe & Hazel Crosby

Mr. and Mrs. Crosby are American caricatures through and through. Mr. Crosby owns a bicycle...

Mona Aamons Monzano

Mona is…um…Mona is Mona. That's perhaps the best way to put it really. She's a...

Minor Characters

Mr. Minton is ambassador for the United States to the island of San Lorenzo. He and his wife...