Harrison Bergeron Passage Analysis

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Response Paper #1 “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Passage Selection The first passage I chose that helped me better understand the reading was the line: “If I tried to get away with it, then other people would try to get away with it – and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages again, with everybody competing against everybody else.” It gives you the idea that what we now see in our modern society would have been almost completely incomprehensible to far past centuries. It also makes you wonder if the common desire for equality that we now strive for to make things equal for everyone can be taken too far. The second passage that I felt was important to me was: “Gee- I could tell that one was a doozy,” ”You can say that again.” ”Gee- I could tell that one was a doozy.” This selection was important to me because it gave me a better understanding of the situation. The previous events in the literature were very drastic and sad. This passage shows how the characters are completely blinded to what’s actually happening to them by their handicaps that they believe are necessary for their lives. It makes…show more content…
After the first time I put myself in her shoes per say, and realized that the author was just trying to emphasize the repetitive lives that the characters now live. It also shows how severe the handicaps are and how she is almost completely unaware of what’s actually happening in her life other than her present few moments. When Hazel mentions that she would play chimes on Sundays in honor of religion, still slightly confuses me. Is the author trying to show that the characters still have faith? Is the passage just simply trying to show how Hazel is trying to keep herself consciously thinking about something for a decent amount of time, but then her thoughts are quickly changed? Overall these selections were confusing, but maybe they were meant to be that
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