You can 't do anything about it. This is what happens in Kurt Vonnegut Jrs. dystopian story, “Harrison Bergeron.” The government put handicaps on people so no one is better than each other. There is no more competition. Harrison, the protagonist, is different than everyone else.
Hopelessness of Inequality In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, in the future of 2081, everyone is completely equal. The government tries their very best to enforce and does whatever it takes to get equality. The Government have an Handicap general that uses handicaps to make everyone who is over average, average. Harrison Bergeron, son of George and Hazel, doesn't agree with equality, and do whatever it takes to exceed inequality. Bergeron escapes from jail and ends up on National Television.
This would cause no “star” people and would be a very gloomy place. In the story, Harrison succeeded very fast which caused him to get into trouble for being too powerful and good looking. “Harrison carried three hundred pounds “and “to offset his good looks, the H-G men required that he wears at all times a red rubber ball for a nose” (Vonnegut 1390). This is what the government does to advanced humans. Imagine living in a world like that.
Ender leads the soldier prized efficiency list, even though he had not taken a single shot (Card 91). He is the platoon leader for the Phoenix Army (Card 139). Ender’s technique is so strong that without putting any effort, his reputation has already put him on top. Finally, Enders technique is successful when demolishing difficulties is proven when he defeats Bonzo in the showers. With classic technique, Ender acts if he was scared of Bonzo, and pleads for him not to hurt him.
The United States Handicapper General controlled them. Harrison’s world is a Dystopia, a theme in the short story. Their looks, personalities, and everything else were the same in Harrison’s world and they did not have another choice.George (Harrison’s son) has a higher intelligence than others so he was force by law to wear a mental handicap radio on his ear to mess up his brain from taking advantage. When watching the ballerinas, George thoughts fled from the buzzer in his head coming from the earpiece. “I don't care if you’re not equal to me for a while” said Hazel, After telling George to rest his handicap bag on the pillow and stretch on the sofa.
In the story Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut explores the idea of total equality. His use of irony which is present for the duration of the entire story reveals the concept that equality may not be as good as it seems. The unpredictable ending, surprising situations, and shocking character reactions all serve as illustrations to help convey Vonnegut’s theme. The society Vonnegut creates is ironic because it is based off the United States-- a place which values freedom-- but in the pursuit of equality, citizens lose their freedom to be themselves. Through the creation of the handicap system above average citizens are required to wear physical and mental handicaps in order to maintain a fair playing field for all.
This story is about a society where everyone is forced to be equal because the government terrorizes it citizens. People who are smart get there thoughts washed away, people strong and athletic where weights to make them weaker and slower, and people beautiful are forced to wear masks. Competition plays a big role in their dystopian society because since nobody competes, everyone is the same. This is what makes their dystopian society much like our modern day society.
It is the year 2081 in an era where equality rules over everybody. That is, everyone except a young man named Harrison Bergeron who believes that the equality is overlooked and is actually negative in society. In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, the main character Harrison defies the cultural norm and breaks free from the supposed equality. Vonnegut makes a point to show that he goes to great lengths to show that sometimes we have to take risks to achieve freedom. The fact that Harrison is confident, aggressive, and rebellious proves the fact that freedom sometimes can only be found through risks that can put everything at stake.
Yet with this, we learn that no one can outsmart Big Brother. In most stories and movies the characters find a way to escape and that's what us readers assume is going to happen. Yet the point of Winston not succeeding, was to teach the lesson that some governments are unbeatable. They are always a step ahead and there's no catching up; only more destruction to something that was so wonderful. When the government captures Winston, his precious paperweight shatters.
Harrison Bergeron Argumentative Essay Imagine you’re in a future where everyone is equal. Yes, where people aren’t discriminated because of race, gender or religion, but also where no one was smarter, more attractive or more athletic than anyone else. Where if you were “too attractive” you had to wear a hideous mask or if your brain worked a little faster than the average brain, you had to wear enormous earpieces to make you lose track of thought. Crazy, right? Harrison Bergeron, a 14 year old boy, is considered a danger to his society.
Then, out of fear, he justifies his action by suggesting that Medea might harm himself and his daughter. He is ultimately correct, when Medea causes the death of both Creon and the princess, but it does not make the original decision just. After the deaths of the king and his daughter, Medea feels that her justice will not be completed until Jason is punished as well. In seeking this justice, Medea performs the most violent act against natural law by killing her own children. By committing action the idea of justice becomes more problematic.
There is more at work in the government than just handicaps. “The rest of Harrison’s hollowed hardware. Nobody have ever born heavier handicaps… If you see this boy do not, I repeat, do not approach him” (Vonnegut 3-4). The government doesn’t want Harrison to get loose because he can expose them, show the people the truth. Harrison is under handicapped and incredibly intelligent, he has many capabilities.