“Harrison Bergeron” is a unique story, in the sense that it takes place in 2081 in a dystopian society where everyone is equal. No one could be smarter, better-looking, or more athletic than anyone else. They are made equal with mental handicap radios for those who are intelligent, hideous masks for those who are beautiful, and heavy weights for those who are strong. The main character of this story, Harrison Bergeron, has a conflict with the American society in 2081. The internal conflict in Harrison’s mind is that the mental and physical handicaps affect the people’s thoughts.
The main character in the short story “Harrison Bergeron,” written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, is a fourteen-year-old boy named Harrison Bergeron. He escaped jail, where he was detained for suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is committed to become the Emperor, but not everything went as planned. In the story, Harrison Bergeron expressed that he was talented, strong willed, and extremely strong. Harrison Bergeron was quite talented.
Payne Vogtman Mrs. Busick English 9 Honors 11 September 2015 1 The Inequalities of Mass Equality Why does everyone want to be equal? Humans in general yearn to be equal to their neighbor; this is a basic instinctual feeling. However, the majority of society never considers the reality of a world in which everyone is completely and entirely equal. Society at the time influenced Kurt Vonnegut to think about the most functional society possible.
“Harrison Bergeron,” written by Kurt Vonnegut at the time of the Cold War, is a short story that takes place in a future world of the year 2081 where the Handicapper General and the law force the beautiful to wear masks, the intelligent to wear earpieces that disrupt their thoughts, and the athletic to wear heavy physical restraints, so that everyone may be equal in the categories of beauty, intelligence, and athleticism; a world where the people “[are] equal in every which way.” (Vonnegut 1) What the many readers of “Harrison Bergeron” seem to misinterpret is that the entire story is an allegory to the political systems of Socialism/Communism and that Vonnegut utilizes symbols in the story that either expose the glaring flaws of left-wing politics or advance the supposedly far-superior ideology of American capitalism. In actuality, Vonnegut’s use of symbols in “Harrison Bergeron,” and the entire story itself is a satire of the common American’s ignorant misunderstandings of left-wing politics at the time of the Cold War. Vonnegut once said at a college commencement speech, “I suggest that you work for a socialist form of government … It isn 't moonbeams to talk of modest plenty for all.
“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.
The short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is about a society that is controlled by the government whose sole purpose is to make everyone equal. The government is able to use their dominion to prevent insurrection opposed to them by using a sundry methods of approach. One of the tactics the government used to control the residents in their society was the use of handicaps. The function of handicaps in their society was used to prevent anyone surpassing one another trying to make everyone equal.
Throughout history, many powerful men have strived for equality- to eliminate the people and qualities they view as imperfect. The government agency Harrison fights against in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s short story, “Harrison Bergeron”, works for the same goal, but in a different way. Harrison Bergeron rebels against a government who handicaps the unique, the intelligent, the beautiful, and the strong. However, despite their efforts, they can not conjure up handicaps which control him. Consequently, he escapes from imprisonment and revolts.
Breaking the Barriers What is identity? How are identities formed? How much control does one have in molding their identity? Identity is the impression that one exhibits to the world. Principally, identity distinguishes a person by their qualities, beliefs, history and etc.
Harrison’s egotistic character in “Harrison Bergeron” evolves into a clustered ball of power and control. Throughout the passage from Kurt Vonnegut, the narrator aims to reveal the “emperor” the character Harrison wishes to be. Vonnegut discloses a tone of negativity at the beginning of the story, pertaining Harrison’s character complexion. This negativity originates from the dystopian society’s view of Harrison’s essential arrogance.
Many people in 2081 believe that Harrison’s ability will be more powerful and better than others. He is literally weighed down by so many things from being himself. The Handicapper General placed gadgets to keep him normal like the rest. That caused many people the be afraid of him. Harrison Bergeron is a not a threat to society; he is a hero.