“Harrison Bergeron” And The Declaration Of Indepen

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“Harrison Bergeron” and the Declaration of Independence Reading the Declaration of Independence in tandem with “Harrison Bergeron” the reader is able to see “Harrison Bergeron” in a new view. The reader is able to see how Harrison Bergeron may give citizens absolute equality, but this is a different type of equality that the Declaration of Independence gives to the citizens of the United States. Then the Declaration of Independence shows how the government in “Harrison Bergeron” was invasive on natural rights, and finally we will see what role does equality and justice play in both “Harrison Bergeron” and the Declaration of Independence. In “Harrison Bergeron” “Everyone was finally equal… they were equal in every which way.” (Vonnegut 464) This idea of absolute equality seeps into the bone marrow of the citizens in the United States, who begin to dumb themselves down or to hide their special attributes. Most of the citizen listen to the governments idea if equality because either they agree with the idea of absolute equality or because they fear the government and they don’t want to have to face the consequences of rebelling against the governments harsh and oppressive ideologies. Equality may be achieved in the most literal form of the word, but it is achieved at the cost of freedom. Freedom is no longer in their society because they do not have the freedom to think any more, a prime example would be the “mental handicap radio” (464) that is places in George’s ear in order to distract him from his own thoughts. In Harrison Bergeron the television is used in order to essentially brain wash the citizens and to instill fear into them as well. The importance of the television is seen through out the short story by having the entire narrative taking place with both the main characters, Hazel and George, being in front of the television the whole time. The government
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