Harrison Bergeron Film Analysis

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“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is about a boy named Harrison that takes place in a dystopian future where everyone is equal to one another and to make that so people have handicaps to limit people from their full potential so everyone can be equal. The message of Harrison Bergeron is the idea of complete equality, where everyone is treated and are the same. With this, no one is allowed to express individuality. Two characters that were changed from the short story to the movie, where Harrison Bergeron, and his dad George Bergeron.
Harrison had a major transformation from the short story to the film. In the short story Harrison already was in jail for trying to show the people of the U.S. what life would be if we live our own lives
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George wasn't in the movie as much as he was in the short story. In the short story it shows how smart George is and the way he feels about his equality world.“ “Yup,” said George. He tried to think a little about the ballerinas. They weren't very good-no better than anybody else would have been, anyway. They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a graceful free gesture or a pretty face, would feel something the cat drug in. George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn’t be handicapped. But he didn't get very far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts.(pg 1)”. In the short story George had a lot of smart thoughts and idea, but his handicap stops him about thinking too much. In the film, it doesn't appear that George thinks very much at all. With the producers of the film changing George to a one dimensional character it isolates Harrison even more because there's no one Harrison can talk to and makes Harrison feel more out of place. In the film Harrison and George were sitting on the couch, George was watching a football game while Harrison was trying to have a conversation with his dad. But Harrison can't because whenever Harrison tries to talk to George, Georges handicap goes off and they can't have a real conversation. Harrison has no one to talk to, there's no one who he can share is feelings
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