Economic writer Stephen Moore claimed that the original and traditional American concept of equality as "equality under the law” means that the same rules apply to all, not the same results (29). He states that it isn’t possible to have a classless society because it hinders the economic prosperity of the nation. “Equality of rules ensures that all enjoy the same freedom of contract, which empowers them to maximize value and production, and plan investment knowing they can rely on their agreed contractual rights.” (Moore 29). He basically states that competition encourages the advancement of a nation and the equality under law allows for all to have the opportunity to contribute. He clearly understood Vonnegut’s work to be an attack against communism as he uses it in his argument against equalizing legislature
For thousands of years, humans have had anything but equality. We’ve had enslaved each other, restricted peoples’ basic rights, and made people follow inhumane laws. In a perfect (utopian) society, everyone is equal, but, with equality, injustice always follows. Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” is a poem set in year 2081 where the government has made society overly equal. The government handicaps the citizens who are above average in intelligence, beauty, strength, and speed.
In the text of “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut the government has wrongly interpreted equality and made it into a ghastly, horrible thing. This is awful because they are nearly torturing their citizens to ensure equality. George is a citizen of the society and the father of Harrison Bergeron. He is required to wear an ear radio, to keep him from using his above average intelligence. This radio like many other handicaps that ensure equality has horrible effects.
What is equality? Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Everyone tends to question what equality stands for and why does everyone fight for it. What people mean when they say “equality” is race, religion, and sex. The story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut gives examples of how our government created a way to represent equality to be able to stay in power. The government forced equality through beauty, strength, and intelligence instead of using equality by dealing with race, religion, and sex.
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
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.
In these two texts conformity eliminates individuality and causes the society to be weakened. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut conformity is present in society and individuality is eliminated throughout society which weakens society. First Vonnegut proves the citizens are conforming by saying “They were equal in every which way” (text 1). This shows that conformity exist in the society. By everyone conforming to each other it forces them to be equal to one another.
Introduction: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was published in 1961 and this sotry is a normal case of the author’s capability to blend science fiction and satire. It is the best useful story of regulation of absolute equality ever composed. In this paper, I will be highlighting the Harrison Bergeron as a picture of socialism and communism, considering the equality rule of the teachings to uncover the absurdity (Joodaki & Mahdiany). Harrison Bergeron tell the satire of the misconception of what equality involves. Vonnegut has written this story to tell that all people have strengths and weaknesses which make each of them uniquely individual (Gradesaver.com).
In this Harrison Bergeron’s criticism, it says that freedom remains in the background of the story; however, freedom is no longer a present value in the story. The law makes those who are "above normal'' equal to the ones who are "normal" by handicapping the above-normal individuals. In this criticism, Vonnegut suggests that freedom can be taken away relatively easily; however, freedom can be defined as “lack of restriction”, and in this story is very clear that the society is full of limitations and restrictions. People cannot think if they want to, nor they cannot feel anything. If they want to cry or laugh, they can do it, although when they start doing it, they forget the reason of why they started doing it.
The short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut shows how humankind is viewed in the future. Vonnegut envisions the future of humankind as being equal and highlights the aspect of diversity being limited; ultimately creating a world that is isolated. A world where everyone is balanced can cause a lack of individuality due to the fact everyone having a “perfectly average intelligence” (Vonnegut, 1). This suggests that no one can express different thoughts, ideas or opinions as their intelligence is defined; consequently, resulting in frustration. Being controlled by the government shows how the freedom of humankind is being diminished,