Harrison Bergeron Essay

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In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the theme of equality is very relevant. Vonnegut shows how different and more complicated a world would be if everyone were “equal”. Throughout the short story if anyone is shown to be above normal or above average in any way, shape, or form, they are to wear handicaps causing their intelligence or talents to fade away. While having the handicaps no one has their own individuality or uniqueness. Vonnegut proves that literal equality could not exist in society without creating serious problems and chaos. In Harrison Bergeron, Vonnegut proves that in a world of equality, no one will have their own individuality or success. "And she had to apologize for her voice, which was very unfair voice for a woman to use. Her voice was warm, luminous, timeless melody. ‘Excuse me –‘she said, and she began again, making her voice absolutely uncompetitive (pg. 3)." This quote is about the ballerinas and how they had to hide their voices because they were too gentle. Because their voices were this way they had to disguise them so that they wouldn’t be unfair. Not only did the ballerinas have to hide their voices but they also couldn’t be as graceful as they would normally be if they were to dance. "They were burdened with sash weights and bags of bird shot, and their faces were masked so that no one seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face…" However, the ballerinas weren’t the only ones that had to hide themselves. Harrison Bergeron was so perfect and above normal that they had to totally change his identity by baring him with a lot of handicaps. “And to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with black caps at snaggle-tooth random.” Just looking at the society that we are in today, if we were all

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