Harrison Bergeron Literary Analysis

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Alexander Solxhenitsyn once said, "Good literature substitutes for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through." This quote means that good authors have the ability to help transport the reader to an event that they have never experienced by giving vivid details, figurative language, and easy to comprehend text. I agree with this statement. Two works of literature that support this statement are “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara.
In “Harrison Bergeron”, the author shows us that in a dystopian future where everyone is equal, people would have to where handicaps, restrictions, to keep all people equal. Set in a living room where George and Hazel are watching the scene unfold on television, the story reveals that the protagonist, Harrison Bergeron, has chosen to break free of the bondage that forces him to walk slower, lose his good looks, and make him lose his train of thought. This part of the story relates to the critical lens because hopefully, we will not be able to live in a society where people have to weaken themselves, or bring themselves down, in order for equality for all to rise above. In this part of the story, the
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Set in the park during May Day Races the story reveals that the protagonist, Elizabeth, won the May Day Race against the antagonist, Gretchen. During the race, Elizabeth sees her brother, Raymond, running behind the fence during the race, she decides to coach him in running. This part of the story relates to the critical lens because if you have never had a brother or sister or anyone to teach them in, you will never have the experience of wanting to train them in the same hobby/field as you. However, Bambara presents you with this opportunity to experience this by writing a story with vivid details and interesting
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