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Harrison Bergeron Essay

  • Submitted by: cmtsquat
  • on May 23, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 543 words

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In the short story 'Harrison Bergeron' by Kurt Vonnegut, equality was finally achieved. Everone "were equal every which way.
Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else."
Yet this equality is not fair, "all this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution" and
"the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General." We take individuality for granted.
He gives the reader multiple scenarios of characters and their struggles of being above average and different than all of the "average" people.

The first scenario involves a character named George. George is a highly intelligent person, who also is Harrison Bergeron’s father.He has a wife named
Hazel who wants to know what it feels like to be handicaped.
His intelligence causes him to wear a mental handicap radio in his ear. The radio sends out sharp noises at random times causing him to think
in short bursts like his wife. He also has to wear forty-seven pounds of lead balls around his neck to handicap his athletic abilities.
Hazel thinks that it is a bit unfair for George to have such a heavy berdon and tells George to take some balls out.

In another scenario, a ballerina is presenting a news bulletin on T.V. It is said In the story that, “She must have been extraordinarily beautiful,
because the mask she wore was hideous.” The ballerina was also strong and graceful because she wore handicap bags fit for two-hundred-pound men.
She was also given a voice that was unfair for a woman.It seemed she was beautiful, and talented because of the handicaps.

Another example, ends with Harrison Bergeron.
Harrison Bergeron is placed in prison for standing up for his individuality and equal rights.
Harrison Bergeron was also intelligent like his father, he was required to wear large headphones.
He was given spectacles with thick, wavy, lenses to decrease...

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