Differences And Dystopia In Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut

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Audre Lorde, an American writer, once said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” No two people are ever going to be exactly the same, no matter what is done, so it would be best to use differences as an advantage instead of trying to change those things. Allowing someone the freedom of their thoughts, their body, and themselves in general should be a natural right, taking that right away is not going to be seen as a good thing, whether there is an ultimate goal or not. No matter how many people may like a certain thing or rule, there will always be outliers that do not, and those outliers might make more of an impact than the majority. Completely changing a person just because of intelligence level or looks is going to lead to a flawed system, an entire society is never going to accept it, no matter how it is done. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut the story will remain unacceptable, as well as dystopian, whether it is told through handicapping the gifted or lifting the ungifted because of the fact that either way people’s ability is being altered, equality isn’t even necessarily reached, and people will hate the ruling either way. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, one of multiple things causing the story to be unacceptable and dystopian is the fact that people’s ability is being altered by the government. The entire reason handicaps are put into place is “to keep people like
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