Inequality In Harrison Bergeron

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In this society, is it supposed to be a Utopia or a Hell? Everyone in this short story is literally equal in all of the aspects of their life. In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the world is living with the 211, 212, and 213 Amendments to the Constitution which results in everyone being created equal. In this society, the beautiful and extraordinary people are required to wear special handicaps such as earphones, lead weights, and atrocious masks to become like everyone else. These limitations leave the world equal from intelligence and good looks. With people pushing for equality, Vonnegut shows us a world that society is working toward. Through this “prediction” of the future, the author uses Diana Moon Glampers and Harrison Bergeron as examples to show the tragedies of the two measures- are they too equal or too unjust. Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, resembles the idea of fairness in this society. She is in charge of changing the capability of bright and intelligent people to being completely normal. In the beginning of the story, readers are able to envision the world that Diana Moon Glampers oversees: The year is 2081, and everybody is finally equal. They weren 't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the…Amendments to the
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