Harrison Bergeron Utopian Society

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What if technology was being used and abused but you never knew about it? In the book “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, technology is being abused without anyone knowing except for one person (Harrison Bergeron). “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal” (Vonnegut 133). The people are not just equal before the law, but they are equal in every way. The agents of the United States Handicapper General put handicappers (technological devices) to take away the people’s differences. This equality was caused through the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments in the Constitution and through the agents of the United States Handicapper General. The people wanted a “utopian” society in which everyone is equal. One can infer that this is why the agents will do anything to make sure…show more content…
One can infer that this is why Harrison Bergeron (George’s son) rebelled against this so-called “utopian” society. Being punished for being different is what it has come down to in this story. Harrison Bergeron is, “a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous” (Vonnegut 136). Harrison has heavier handicaps than anyone else. Instead of a small ear radio, he had to wear a huge pair of earphones. He had scrap metal hanging all over him. He had enough with this so-called “utopian” society and wearing the overload of technological devices, so he rebelled. He realized that he is being abused with technology and was trying to show everyone too. Though, instead of succeeding, he got shot and died. Kurt Vonnegut uses satire to ridicule what some think would be a utopian society. The author is trying to express ridicule in societies of communism or dictatorships. The author is ridiculing the people’s desire for everyone to be equal and taking it to another level or extent. Taking away one’s differences takes away one’s personality. Instead of trying to make the town in the story a utopian society, it backfired and became a dystopian society
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