To begin with the reason why Harrison Bergeron world is Dystopia. Smart people like George a character in the story that have to wear a little mental handicap radio in his ear because his intelligence is above normal and the government want to keep people like him from taking unfair advantage of their brain. People also had to wear a mental handicap around them. One of the quotes that Kurt Vonnegut mention in the story is that “All people equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the constitution (Kurt 1). If they tried to take off the mental handicap on them they would punish.
Harrison Bergeron is George’s son and he broke the rules and took off his handicaps then got taken away, from then on he was very dangerous because he was strong and without his handicaps, he was the strongest of all. After he took off his handicaps he was put in prison, but then broke out. The Handicapper General ended up shooting and killing him in the end, but she shot him on live t.v. So equality can cause unhappiness because you can’t be yourself and you are just like everyone else, and you can’t be
that was a doozy wasn’t it?” and visually seeing “George... white and trembling and tears [standing] on the rims of his red eyes.” Vonnegut’s society is continuously physically tasking. The handicaps the gifted wear constantly make loud noises which can not be good for the ears and could possibly cause brain damage. Yet if there were no handicaps and just genetic enhancement there wouldn’t be a continuous pain throughout one’s life. There could be no pain at all if the enhancements happened in embryonic state. Harrison, Hazel and George’s son, was considered dangerous, yet wore “spectacles...
George compares competition to the dark ages by saying “If I tried to get away with it, then other people'd get away with it—and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages again, with everybody competing against everybody else. You wouldn’t like that, would you?” Hazel responds negatively. This revulsion against competition may be the driving force of the everlasting dormancy in this society. Competition has always been what drives people to improve on themselves, and in turn improve the life of others. Eliminating competition isn't making everybody equal, it is force-feeding false equality at the cost of
In “Harrison Bergeron” Vonnegut explains that everyone was equal by stating that “they were equal [in] every which way. Nobody was smarter [better looking, or stronger] than anybody else.”(p.4) This would destroy diversity because everyone performs the same and nobody has individuality. Another example, in “Harrison Bergeron” about how diversity is exterminated is “[The ballerinas] were burdened with sash weights and bags of bird shot, and their faces were masked so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face would feel like something the cat drug in” (Vonnegut 6). Diversity makes our society work, if we weren’t different life would be
But he didn 't get very far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts (Vonnegut)." Harrison Bergeron is a symbol himself, he stands for every person who has ever thought of overthrowing the government. "She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor. Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again. She aimed it at the musicians and told them they had ten seconds to get their handicaps back on (Vonnegut)."
4). Vonnegut uses descriptive words and sentences to show how Harrison Bergeron felt when he was burdened with the 500-pound harness and handicaps. When he meant this, he probably meant that his handicaps were making him weak. Following that incident, Harrison the “selects his Empress” and “plucked the mental handicap from her ear, snapped off her physical handicaps with marvelous delicacy. Last of all he removed her mask” (p. 4).
The whole point of this book, is because people are different. This story reflects views on how being different is not the correct way to be living. Harrison Bergeron said as he took off all his handicapped “Now watch me be different!” Once he took off his handicapped things, he was shot down by a officer, because he wanted to be
He started off the school year badly, “I grew silent and reserved as the nature of the world in which I lived became plain and undeniable; the bleakness of the future affected my will to study” (Wright 164). This means that after going through a difficult summer, filled with the continuous search for jobs, abuse, and hate crimes, it starting to take a toll on Richard’s health mentally. It is almost like he is suffering depression because he seeing the world in a sadder view than before. Also, he is disenchanted with things he once loved, for example, school. In conclusion, because of Richard’s troublesome summer, he is slipping into a major