How Is Harrison Bergeron A Hero

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“Not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion as well” (p. 4, para. 19). This statement by Kurt Vonnegut, the author of the story “Harrison Bergeron”, depicts Harrison Bergeron, the protagonist of the story who was at loggerheads with the government. The story is about a society that is thought to be perfect and reigns of equality (p. 1, para. 1). The main character is Harrison Bergeron, son of George and Hazel Bergeron. Harrison got arrested on the allegations that he wanted to overthrow the government, but in spite of these radical actions, he should be regarded as a hero because of his courage to stand up for himself and the society. The story about Harrison and his dangerous nature made it …show more content…

He could defy the government and threaten its existence. These deeds portray a hero. Harrison’s age does not corroborate with what ballerina and the author says about him and with what he does. At the beginning of the article, we are told that the Handicap General took a fourteen-year-old boy from his parents, that is, Harrison. And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away. (p. 1, para. 2) A regular person of that age can not be a threat to the government and plot a coup. As such, he was extraordinary. It will, therefore, be correct to claim that he was a hero, as he dared to do what people even twice his age could not have dared to. He commanded respect despite his age. For instance, he declared himself an emperor and claimed he was a greater ruler than anybody who had lived. That was an act of heroism and portrayed the government as very cruel and in need of a change. According to Harrison, he was the change needed for better …show more content…

Now watch me become what I can become! (p. 4, para. 1) The fact that Harrison escaped from the jail is heroism in itself. It is common knowledge that whoever is a threat to the national safety or the government is given maximum security and is always under guard. However, Harrison managed to escape prison despite all those controlling garments and handicaps he wore. It is surprising that he was able to do that, as he also wore headphones specifically for controlling his thinking. This undoubtedly displays heroism. Lastly, a hero never fears. This attribute is present in Harrison. Despite having escaped from a prison, Harrison did not go into hiding as is the case with many individuals. Instead, he appeared at the media house and on the television where the entire nation could see him (p. 3). He then enjoyed the music with his mistress in the studio. Clanking, clownish, and huge, Harrison stood - in the center of the studio. The knob of the uprooted studio door was still in his hand. (p. 3, para. 15) And then, neutraling gravity with love and pure will, they remained suspended in air inches below the ceiling, and they kissed each other for a long, long time. (p. 5, para.

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