The term “successes” is used sparingly in this case, because one would not consider making humans equal in this way a “success.” In “Harrison Bergeron” the speaker states that every person who is above the average in beauty, intelligence, or strength has their own handicap to level out humankind. Harrison’s father even “had a little mental handicap radio in his ear” (1) to restrain his brain from thinking due to his above average intellect. The government went to extreme measures to make everyone the same, even “[requiring] by law to wear it at all times” (1). As with beauty and other ways people are required to
The community in Harrison Bergeron, is treated more like prisoners than a civilization. They are forced not to move or think they are special in any way. Anyone that is unique or smarter than the average person is forced to wear a handy cap which, “every twenty seconds or so, would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their bran” (Rand 1). The handicaps are a perfect example of how the smallest things are met with brutal force and
Everyone today wants to belong. Everyone wants to be like everyone, but it can be misread on what oneself is .Contrary to popular belief, though, individuality brings more success and happiness than conformity. Everyone is unique in their own way and people shouldn’t be fearful of each other’s differences. In the short story Harrison Bergeron the protagonist Harrison is very different from others and has a lot of good aspects but also has some crucial flaws. In the story, everyone is being controlled by the government to be equal to one another.
All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th and 213th amendments of the constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. (1) “Unceasing vigilance of agents” is a satire on government for transgressing its control over the citizens. It turns out to be a society in which the government curbs the individuality of citizens under the façade of ensuring equality. Stanley Schatt states:
I believe the biggest reasons are to make sure everyone is “equal” and so there are “less” problems. The society the book puts forth is a controlled dystopia where everyone is “equal” in a way. No one is allowed to have friends or show attraction to someone else because that would mean that they preferred a certain person over their brothers, therefore showing that not everyone is truly equal. The people of Anthem are also not allowed to choose their jobs or even state that they prefer something. Having a preference in this city was seen and taught as if it was
Lee points out the famous quote about equality that she believes to be miss-interrupted. She expresses the misconception of the famous quote: “All men are created equal” all men are not created equal, but they can be equal through justice: equality and justice are not compatible words. The definition of equality is the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities and the definition of justice
In fact, Rand states, “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever”(19). No one is seen as their own personal individual. Although, everything throughout society is seen as a whole, Anthem’s societies believe in the thought of collectivism because it destroys the individualism within societies. Correspondingly Vonnegut stated, “ Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to the strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard.
In the short story “Harrison Bergeron, equality is clearly misunderstood, therefore I disagree that everyone in the story is equal. Although everyone was suppose to be equal because of the Handicapper General, they weren't. Equal doesn’t mean everyone thinks or speaks on the same level, equal means that everyone has the same opportunity and chances as others do. The correct way to ensure equality is to encourage success and put infrastructure in place to help and motivate those who are born into situations which limit their opportunities, and in this story, the government has not done this.
Thought police are used to stop those who have thoughts that oppose the nation. In the novel, it states that, “How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time”(pg 6). The fact that the people of Oceania can be monitored at anytime of the day will cause them to not think at all. The fear of getting caught can be too great.
You might think, “Why am I here?” “Is it safe for me to stay in this nation?” Everything starts from the government. Because their duty is to rule the nation, so they get the credit or the blame. Although some people disagree with this idea because people are not perfect and they make the mistakes, but this is above the limit line of mistakes.
In the story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. he teaches us that making everyone equal doesn 't make them any less different because they all have different handicaps for different things, and you can get killed because you 're trying to be different than everyone else. In this story something that goes against my theme for this story would be that be that people 's equalities can be important although not for someone 's own qualities. The theme that would work for this story would just becuase you make everyone equal that doesn’t make them lose their differences. In the story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. shows us that everyone has handicaps for different things.
The critical flaw in the collective state that Equality capitalizes on to escape lies within its very foundation. Anthem best exemplifies this flaw through Equality’s escape from the Palace of Corrective Detention, as he describes “It was easy to escape the Palace of Corrective Detention. The locks are old on the doors and there are no guards about. There is no reason to have guards, for men have never defied the Councils so far as to escape from whatever place they were ordered to be” (66-67). The Council believes the fallacies it espouses, making it easy for Equality to escape.
The three classifications are handicapped, non-handicapped, and the government in this society. The system that the society used was called handicap, which was used to keep/make everyone the same as anybody
“Every daring attempt to make great change in existing conditions, every loftly vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian” In order to have a perfect society, changes for the greater good need to be made. Unfortunately, instead of a Utopian society, it becomes a dystopian society. The reason that Utopian societies are bad is because everyone has to be equal for no one is better, there is no outside communication with other societies, and the whole family is penalized for breaking rules against the government. In “Harrison Bergeron”, all citizens had to be equal.
Traits such as creativity, intelligence, and skepticism are highly valued and are noticeable in most famous scientists. For these reasons, it is logical that science is not highly valued in the totalitarian world in Anthem, since in the collectivist society, obedient and average people are rewarded, and people that stand out are punished. Equality 7-2521 knew he was smarter than his brothers, but stated “it is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them”, because the main concept of collectivism is unity, that “We are nothing. Mankind is all”, and by standing out, whether by being superior or inferior, you threaten that