In Vonnegut's story, he writes "Last of all, he removed her mask. She was blindingly beautiful" (Vonnegut, 4). This quote from the short story shows that after Harrison Bergeron removed her handicaps she was finally able to be herself. The removal of her handicaps represented the weight and oppression being lifted from her shoulders. In this scene, after Harison also removed the handicaps from the musicians, the quality of the music improved drasticly.
The idea of personal potential is almost forbidden in this society. Society tells these people that equality means everyone must be the same. Personal potential is the point of success that one can reach, but no one in America in the year 2081 can reach that point. When Harrison removes his handicaps, he enjoys life without them. Without his handicaps, he dances, and is happy (Vonnegut para.
Heroes and villain are both major role here in this story. Since from the past heroes are seen helping others while villain is seen as making heroes down in his work. Both are equally important to make the work in balance. In the story “Harrison Bergeron”, by Kurt Vonnegut Dianna Moon glampers is the villain and Harrison is the hero. Mohandas karamchand Gandhi is also known as mahatma Gandhi by his follower.
In the story, “Harrison Bergeron” the main character, Harrison, ( and other people ) were handicapped for being more intelligent than other people. The government decided that wasn’t ok, and that they have to do something or else not everyone could be equal. By the end of the story, Harrison proves to be mysterious, confident, and brave by all the chaotic events that happened. Harrison stands up against society and shows everyone how he is not afraid or angry about being different. Being different is ok, people do not have to bow down the the expectations of society; they just need to understand being themselves make them their own person, and make them unique in their own way.
In the essay “Action Hero” by Rulon Openshaw, a man gets shot by a thief who’s carrying a gun. The man portrayed as a hero by his friends did not do anything heroic. The only reason the man was portrayed as a hero is because of “fracture” he received on his leg by getting shot by the mugger. The man’s “popularity soared” and he is getting portrayed as a hero. Being selfish the man did not try to change his friend's point of view.
Another handicap that Vonnegut uses as symbolism is Harrison’s facial handicaps that the government tries to use as a cover up. The news anchor puts up a picture of Harrison on the television with all his features covered by the government that, “required that he wear at all time a red rubber ball for a nose, keep his eyebrows shaved off, and cover his even white teeth with a snaggle-tooth” (4).
Harrison Bergeron was not a hero, but a danger to society. Harrison was a danger because he states "I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!" (3). This quotation states that Harrison is in charge and do not try to stop him from taking over.
No matter how many handicaps you put on someone they aren’t going to change. It’s kind of like trying to cover up beauty with a mask or make-up. Handicaps have no value in making anyone equal. Although equality is needed, no one in “Harrison Bergeron” is solely based on appearance and how smart you are. Equality is treating everyone one with the same amount of respect so therefore, no one in this short story is
This is brought up in the text when it says, “Harrison's scrap-iron handicaps crashed to the floor”. This is not only showing strength physically but mentally too. He goes against the rules of equality no matter the consequences which shows lots of courage and strength. Harrison is so strong that by the time the handicapped general attached all the handicaps he was carrying three hundred pounds. This quote in the story, “Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard” says that he is strong and he is so perfect he was a mess once he was made
Thesis: In Kurt Vonnegut 's story, "Harrison Bergeron," symbolism, tone, and irony reveal the author 's message to the reader which is his perspective on equality. Notably, there are countless symbols in the narrative "Harrison Bergeron" all of which trace back to the theme of the story. The handicaps people are forced to wear are symbols for the control the government has over people. "George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn 't be handicapped.
Something I had to ask myself what was more important the rights of all individuals or the rights of society. I also think making true equality for everybody would take away from each person and people wouldn't get the chance to show how to create each person could be. Harrison is special in his own way but the United States tries to force him to hide who he really is because he’s not the same as the next person which forces him to rebel and break out jail. I also think that the author is also trying to get us as a society to understand don’t take the idea of “equality” to the extreme. We are all special in our own way and no two people are born the same never have been never will be.
The romanticism was the response to the Industrial Age. That movement began in America from 1820 ’s to 1870’s. Washington Irving was part of that movement which began in America after Revolutionary War. They tried to separate them from the rest of the world and create a country as a nation. They used their chance of individuality and creativity, and they addressed economic social and many other concerns by their writings.