Harrison Bergeron Figurative Language Essay

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We would like to think that a truly equal would be happy and beautiful, with no more violence, no more hate, no more jealousy, and no more discrimination, but the real cost needed in order to get true equality would be heavy and evil in the eyes of freedom. With his diction, figurative language, and syntax, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is able to depict the true cost of equality. The cost being a world of true equality made with the threads of oppression against people’s true potentials. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. used the sentences held within “Harrison Bergerson” to create characters as advanced, and as basic, as the sentences used to describe them. Whenever Vonnegut has George and Hazel speak, they use basic dialogue; there’s nothing fancy, nothing special, just a married couple talking. The characters are made basic by using basic…show more content…
One example, personification, was given after a warning was announced concerning Harrison Bergeron’s escape. Vonnegut wrote that the picture of Harrison “jumped..as though dancing to the tune of an earthquake”. The reason behind Vonnegut’s used this was to add suspense, and a feeling of foreboding to the idea of Harrison and his person. Another example of figurative language used in the story is a combination of an allusion, along with a hyperbole. When Harrison removes his rubber-ball nose, that is used to prevent his “good looks”, Vonnegut writes that it “revealed a man that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder.” The allusion of Thor, who is usually portrayed as very handsome, helps the reader visualize how Harrison looks by evoking a mental image. The audience may also feel a deeper connection through the text by seeing a familiar name. The use of figurative language in this story brings life, emotion, and detail to an entirely different
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