Characterization And Symbols In Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. . . ." Stated Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence. Although humans are all created equal, our talents should still be acknowledged. Through this society you can see this quote being taken to the extreme. This story comes to a point where this rule of “equality” makes more talented people likely to riot and show off. The characterization and symbols built off of Harrison Bergeron by Vonnegut entail the thought that if a person’s talents are hidden away from the public to create equality those things will seem as if they never existed but if a person has confidence in themselves they will be seen. Continuously, Harrison’s archetype reveals his fears, motives, …show more content…

For Harrison this shows his hatred towards the government rules and systems, and causes him to make a big scene just to get that across. Knowing that the government has twisted the means of equality and Harrison has easily bypassed all defenses they’ve put up against him, “Harrison tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper, tore straps guaranteed to support a thousand pounds. Harrison’s scrap-iron handicaps crashed to the door. Harrison thrust his thumbs under the bar of the padlock that secured his head harness. The bar snapped like celery. Harrison smashed his headphones and spectacles against the wall.” Knowing how easy this was for Harrison to do shows just how much he wants to share his talents and be praised for the things he’s accomplished. This connects to the idea that if a person is confident in themselves they will be seen, this is an example of Harrison putting himself out there because he knows his worth. At first I thought he was just being very arrogant and smug but now I realize he really just wanted to show people that the way the government is trying to make everyone equal is taking away some of the freedoms that people in the society had. On the other hand the people don’t even seem to realize that they are losing some of the greatness they could’ve had. And this is what their government was trying to accomplish, keeping everything hidden from the public so they could have their “equal

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