What does it mean to be equal? What level is considered to be the level equality that humans should be ok with and who decides this? Well in the short story “Harrison Bergeron” there is plenty examples of what levels of knowledge and talent are considered to be equal and the level of equality is determined by the Handicapper General. First lets undestand the deffination of the word equal. According to the Webster dictionary the meaning of equal is free from extremes as in a) tranquil in mind or mood b) not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion. So being equal should show charators free from extreme greatness or extreme handicaps both physical and mental. The next question would be how to make the charators equal because …show more content…
the handicapper general sentances the poor person to a little mental handcapper radio that brodcasts loud noise and aother sounds to disrupt thoughts of humans with an above normal intelgiants levels. These little radios are supposed to basically dumb down the intelgiant people so everyone can be on the same level of intellagents which means the whole comunity is operation in their daily lives on the level of stupidity. Also, these humans are not even alowed to have complete thoughts with these little radios brodcasting these sounds every twenty seconds. What a way to live not because other humans are at a lower mental …show more content…
They are placed in jail! This is what happend to Hazel and George’s son Harrison. Harrison is only fourteen years old and is a genuse and a great athleet and no matter what the handicapper general did still had not found enough handicaps that would limit his greatness. Instead of the small radio most wore to limit thier thinking ablities he has to wear huge headsets so he could not think clearly. He also had to wear glasses that basicaly made him blind. Still with all these handicaps he was not equal to the other people and the hanicappers could not come up with things to handicap him fast enough, thus why he was placed in jail only being fourteen years
Click here to unlock this and over one million essaysShow More
Your Harrison Bergeron story brought up an interesting notion of what our future could possibly hold. The life of George and Hazel is hard to imagine. During this story I always wondered, does Handicap General carry a physical or mental handicap at all?. From what I read, I feel as though the government is exempt from these handicaps and those people who carry these handicaps are considered a disturbance to their equality law. If this is true then my only concern is, What gives them the right to choose who is a disturbance or not?.
Americans are deeply rooted in the concept of equality, yet Americans regularly confuse the definition of equality with sameness. In the entirety of American history, no one has established a concrete definition for equality. The fluidity of equality’s definition leads Americans to misinterpret equality and construe the ideals of American justice. In order to understand justice, Americans have to be able to distinguish the fundamental differences between the definitions of equality and sameness. Distinguishing equality from sameness is important for understanding and clarity.
The Importance of Absolute Equality in “Harrison Bergeron” For hundreds of years, humanity has struggled to define equality, as well implement the concept properly into society. Slaves; prisoners of war; and even in today’s society, we still see people of color treated as lesser than their Caucasian counterparts. Interestingly enough, color is never introduced as a problem in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron”. While most people nowadays would agree that the word “equality” refers to equal opportunity, Vonnegut forces this word to the extremes, and warps its meaning into something much more controlling, to the point where it harms society more than inequality ever did.
Imagine a world where the government takes control and nobody is unique. A world set in the future, where three amendments changed the United States and made everyone equal. People are made equal by devices that alter their thinking, appearance, and strength. Then one day, a 14-year-old called Harrison Bergeron comes along breaking his handicaps on live TV to show the beauty of regular life.
He was locked up like an animal for being too unlike all the others. He was taller, and smarter, basically just an outcast. This short story can be seen as a “what not to do” when it comes to trying to make things equal. Vonnegut may be trying to warn people that trying to achieve a perfect society is seemingly impossible. Brainwashing a society or making them believe that handicaps were a part of them or necessary for them to live is not the way to achieve this.
Intelligence. Something that Equality 7-2521 has a great deal of. Ayn Rand, the author of Anthem, suggests that Equality 7-2521 knows that he is too intelligent to be a street sweeper, and he tries to prove his intelligence through his experiments so he can be “willed” into the Home of the Scholars. She shows this through his time in the Home of the Students when Equality is punished for his quick head, his love for learning, and the idea of learning, and when he escapes to the tunnel to work on his invention. Equality knows he is intelligent when he is punished in the Home of the Students because of his quick head.
Harrison Bergeron Essay Claim: Being equal isn’t always fair. Intro: What if someone had to wear a handicap? Or what if someone had to be treated exactly like everyone else?
In “Harrison Bergeron”, each person was not truly equal. For example, the ballerinas in the story were prettier than the maximum people, so they were required to wear masks. Hazel, the mother of Harrison, believed that the ballerinas were beautiful since her mask was extremely ugly. Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicap General, forces them to be like the public and will punish anyone who says different. Consequently a few people enjoy being the same, it is not easy, and following the Handicap General’s rules is challenging.
In Harrison Bergeron, the year is 2081 and everyone is ‘equal’ on literally all levels which is due to the over exaggerated amount of amendments that have been added over time. For example,“They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.”
In this short story, everything has to do with equality. No one can be more intelligent, stronger, or more attractive. Handicaps are making people unequal. People in this short story isn’t equal because the most intelligent people have to suffer because of the handicaps. “Every twenty minutes or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantages of their brain” (page 2).
Others may think that everyone should be equal, but this is taking it to far. Since everyone has to be absolutely equal in mental and physical strength, no matter who you are, you 'd be equal with the mentally and physically challenged people. As seen in the story there are mentally challenged people and in order for everyone to be equal they would only be able to think as much as them. So
People are all unique, so it is not possible for everyone to be equal. In the book Animal Farm it said, “Clover learned the whole alphabet but could not put the words together. Boxer could not get beyond the D” (50.) This example shows that every one is not the same. Some people struggle more than others and it proves that everyone can’t be equal.
My Values of Equality Milton Friedman, an American economist, in his article “Created Equal”, points out his concept about “Created Equal”. Friedman discusses the different ways that humans are considered to be equal, and then he declares three specific categories for human equality: equality before God, equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. Friedman argues that the first equality is the Founders’ use, the second equality is compatible with liberty, and the third equality is socialism. Equality is such a beautiful word that everyone should appreciate, and Friedman claims his points about its concept from his own comprehension. I really respect Friedman’s points about equality; however, there is something critical about equality which