Competition In Kurt Vonnegut Jr's 'Harrison Bergeron'

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You live in the year 2081. Everyone is equal. No one is smarter, better looking, stronger or quicker than anybody else. You wear handicaps that restrict your strength, intelligence and how you look. You can 't do anything about it. This is what happens in Kurt Vonnegut Jrs. dystopian story, “Harrison Bergeron.” The government put handicaps on people so no one is better than each other. There is no more competition. Harrison, the protagonist, is different than everyone else. He is 7 feet tall, carries 300-pound handicaps and he knows what the government is doing is wrong and is determined to stop it. One lesson that the story suggests is that competition is a good thing because it promotes individuality and allows people to embrace it. One of the strongest themes in Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s. “Harrison Bergeron” is competition …show more content…

In this passage, the author describes how Harrison looks and his handicaps. “Scrap metal was hung all over him. Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard. In the race of life, Harrison carried three hundred pounds. And to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with black caps at snaggletooth random.”This illustrates how the government took away uniqueness. When we read this passage we see how much of a threat Harrison is to the government. He had three hundred extra pounds he had to carry around. A normal person like George and the ballerinas had nowhere near the amount of handicaps as Harrison did. When they covered up Harrisons nose, shaved his eyebrows and put teeth caps on his teeth, it shows that they took away the competitive drive away from people which then took away uniqueness. When they take away all of these things you can not be

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