True Equality In Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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Communism in theory seems perfect, but in practicality it remains only a theory because there remains no feasible way to accomplish it. A person/people will always possess more power than the rest, yet majority of people believe it could solve some of the most horrendous problems the world faces; however, true equality in a society exists in hypothetical and ideological scenarios. True equality represents equality based on everything humanly possible, which means physical characteristics, education, and income. Kurt Vonnegut conveys that true equality within a society refuses to survive and only exist in hypothetical discussions via the use of setting and imagery in Harrison Bergeron. Vonnegut establishes a society where everyone must interact…show more content…
In addition, who issues the devices that try to equalize people? Who decides the standards of equality? More importantly, will the officials abide by their own standards like the general public? Therefore, Vonnegut disproves true equality, which makes it an ideological standard. Within “Harrison Bergeron,” the government attempts to “eradicate individuality, excellence, and beauty, and so smart people have radios implanted in their ears to disrupt their thoughts” (Miller) and by accomplishing this, society creates distress rather than equality. Furthermore, “the dark days” in the story refer to when people experienced competition and embraced their diversity. (Miller). John Miller describes how Vonnegut nary explains his thematic ideas, however; groups of high schoolers of various ages analyzed this story and easily distinguished numerous thematic ideas. For example, VOnnegut describes, “Diana Moon Glampers loaded the gun again.” (247) which illustrates how the Handicapper General disobeys the norms which represents true equality only as an impractical ideological expectation. In addition, The Saturday Evening Post
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