Another character named george also had to wear a handicap and every twenty seconds a transmitter would send a sharp noise to keep him from using unfair advantage of his brain. The theme of the story is being equal isn’t always fair. Body paragraph 1: These 3 paragraph will explain the theme that being equal isn 't always fair. The first piece of evidence
So anyone could have become the handicap general, making Diana still equal to everyone else. Another example would be the ballerina. “She must have been beautiful because of the mask she wore was hideous,” Some may think that others could tell who was better than who, making everyone “unequal”. Though due to handicaps people couldn’t think about how beautiful or strong someone was. Sure, George was the one who thought the ballerina was originally beautiful but the handicaps made people unable to fully process these thoughts, and others couldn’t even create thoughts without handicaps.
Through George’s handicaps, and Hazel’s lack thereof, Vonnegut shows that total equality in any society is impossible. Due to George’s having so many handicaps and Hazel having none, inequality is created in the society. For example, when George and Hazel are watching TV and something makes him think, the government stops it, “Every 20 seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brain,” (Vonnegut 2). This quote illustrates how George deals with a large amount of discomfort every day due to these handicaps in order to be considered equal. Clearly, this shows that the society in
It is essentially beautiful, the kind of beauty that we are always striving for but never quite sure we’ll make it to. Since mean girls know they’re already pretty (according to jerks or girls that hate them), I don’t understand why they cake on just as much makeup as the girls they consider “ugly.” Let’s take a look at the movie, Mean Girls.
People who fit in one of these three categories often believe that they have earned the privileges and that if other people worked for it, they could also share those privileges. But in actual fact, these privileges are unlearned can’t be earned through hard work. They are simply given to you if you are born into any of the dominant groups, which you have no control over. This is supported by McIntosh (1988) “I have noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over-privileged in the curriculum, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged” (pg. 11) as well as Lorde (1984) “As women, we have been taught either to ignore our differences or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change” (pg.
In Harrison Bergeron, people who are above average have to wear handicaps to make everybody equal Kurt Vonnegut used satire in Harrison Bergeron by exaggerating the people in this society in the future. One example is the handicaps that everybody who was “above average” had to wear. In this society, if you were very smart, you would have to wear a handicap in your ear that went off every 20 seconds, so he couldn’t think beyond the average human’s abilities. In this future world, the handicaps are supposed to make everybody equal. Some examples of handicaps would be weights you would wear if you are very strong, a mask if you are very pretty, spectacles with wavy lenses if you have great eyes.
In “Harrison Bergeron” everyone was forced to be equal by wearing handicaps. Even the ballerinas were handicapped. Kurt Vonnegut states that “they weren’t really very good--no better than anyone else would have been.” (page5) This statement shows how competition is eliminated because of the handicaps so people won’t feel bad. Besides, Pennington feels that
While the author was giving background about the society in Harrison Bergeron, it was mentioned that “Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains” (Line 24-27, page 18). This supported the claim by telling the audience that in order to be equal, people with unique abilities were brought down to an “average” level. In addition to that, the audience can also infer that the society did not try to improve one’s intelligence, and because of that fact, people that the government considered average were the dumbest people in the society. Looking at modern society, it can be assumed that the majority of people were smarter (, stronger, and more attractive) than what the society in 2081 considered average. This means that the majority of the citizens was forced to give up their unique abilities in order to make a tiny percent of the population feel welcomed, which is another reason that supports the fact that Harrison’s society very unfair and
Everyone knows a teenage girl who isn’t self-confident because she isn’t pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, funny enough, etc. It has gotten to the point where girls will go to extreme limits to become what the media teaches them. I hate when a girl says that she is ugly. It breaks my heart because they are beautiful inside and out. They just can’t see it because the media and society show them what they “should look like.” But everyone goes through this.