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.
Therefore, this action doesn’t produce equality but displays individuality. Equality is produced, according to “Harrison Bergeron”, by hindering those who have higher skill. “ Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.
To begin with, Both the story and the movie had the same introduction/ Opening; “Everybody was finally equal. They were not 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.
“Harrison Bergeron” is a short fiction written by Kurt Vonnegut, the story is set in the year 2081, and it talks about a futuristic society where all people are equal. No one is smarter, beautiful or stronger than the other, and if someone happens to be better than the others they find themselves compelled by The United States Handicapper General to wear what they call “handicaps” in order to bring down their abilities to the most basic levels as the others. Throughout the story, Vonnegut expresses a strong and vigorous political and social criticism of some historical events in the US during 1960s such as the Cold War and Communism, television and American Culture and Civil Rights Movement. “Harrison Bergeron” was published in 1961 during that time several events were happening around the world in general and in the US in specific which was engaged in a series of political and economic crisis with the communist Soviet Union know as The
The short story “Harrison Bergeron” composed by Kurt Vonnegut can be interpreted as an satirical allegory in the government's unethical empowerment over their citizens for the pursuit of equality. The three main characters; George Bergeron, Hazel Bergeron, and their son Harrison Bergeron are all distinct representations of different individualities in current civilization. George can be perceived as having slightly higher intellectual abilities than most, hence mandatorily obligated to be attached a handicapped, noise-producing earpiece at all times in order to prevent any significant thoughts in his mind. On the other hand, Hazel is a representation of the average-minded individuals in society, and therefore is not required to wear any government-enforced
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.
As humans there is one attribute that gives us the opportunity to be extraordinary, that one thing is competition. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” Vonnegut forges an atrocious society where competition is no longer an aspect of the everyday which eliminates ambition and excellence from the average citizen, and forces normalcy and equality upon them. This dystopian society strips each and every citizen of the great tool of competition that forces humans towards progress and greatness, and leaves them with nothing but mediocrity and stagnation. Vonnegut has created a world without competition, without a driving force for greatness, and without a tool to motivate ambition. However in this non-competitive culture no one seems to care that
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,
It is impossible for an equal society. In “Harrison Bergeron” the government makes an attempt for everyone to be equal and the same in every way. This plan to make everyone equal ends up making everyone miserable. You can’t be better than anyone in any way and you are the same as everyone else. The idea of a equal society is very uncivil.
Throughout the writing of “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau often referred back to his idea that he supported which was “That government is best which governs not at all.” (Thoreau) In the passage, Thoreau believed that the government does not have a conscience. He talked about not wanting to pay the government poll tax, which in result, caused him to be thrown into jail. A poll tax is just a tax on a person for existing, therefore, everyone had to pay the same amount regardless of the value of their possessions. This poll tax was for prosecuting war on Mexico, which Thoreau disagreed with, therefore, he did not pay it. In the passage, Thoreau used many different rhetorical devices and appeals, such as anaphora and repetition to emphasize the