Harrison Bergeron Summary

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A “Perfect” Society For decades freedom and equality have always had a value of great importance in American society. Individuals have lost their lives fighting for their right to have their freedom and trying to create equality among mistreated people in society. Martin Luther King Jr. spent many years of his life fighting for the rights of African Americans. Late president Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 during the time of the American Civil War to free the slaves. Susan B. Anthony took part in the women’s suffrage movement to help gain rights for women. These things have been done by American heroes to gain and maintain the freedom of Americans in the United States. In the short story Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut writes a fictional story of a society that has been completely stripped of their freedom that was so hard to obtain to literally create all individuals equal. Harrison Bergeron was written to give an example of what the world would be like if every individual were to be altered or in other words purposely made to be equal in one way or another. It didn’t matter what your gender was, how smart, good looking, or athletically talented you were, the government created a way to handicap all of those qualities. For instance, Harrison’s father George had an intelligence level that was much higher than the average person so he was provided with a mental handicap radio in his ear that let out random, extremely loud sounds every 20 seconds to keep his thoughts from getting too far. Harrison’s mother on the other hand had a completely average intelligence level which meant she was not required to have a radio handicap in her ear. George was also required to wear a “handicap bag” to prevent him from being too physically strong compared to other individuals. Not only was George required to wear these bags along with the handicap ear
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