Setting Of Harrison Bergeron

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In “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut shows that equality is unpleasant by setting the story in the future, by using satire to exaggerate how awful equality is to persuade the reader that they should oppose equality and by using symbols such as handicaps and the media are also used to argue that total equality is undesirable. The story was being told in the third person and the narrator is an omniscient, and non-participant in the plot and setting. The setting is in the future, based in a living room, and the characters observing a live show on television. The antagonist is Harrison Bergeron and is easily noticeable in the title of the story. The protagonist is the Handicapper General. The supporting characters are George and Hazel. Who are in the living room, and they give us clues, on the status, of society. They have to be reliable since every person is equal. The tone of the story is consistent since the narrator is not participating in the story. We would have to assume that he is confident and omniscient. There are two forms of symbolism that are shown in the story. One of which is how the Constitution and the United States Handicapper General symbolizes equality. The other would be how society as a whole symbolizes equality. .There is no real foreshadowing in the story. It is more of a social commentary on current events in that time. The narrator told the story as it went along, and made points of past events to help accommodate the reader,…show more content…
Satire is also used to exaggerate how awful equality is to persuade readers to believe that total equality will violate human rights. Kurt Vonnegut also uses symbols such as handicaps which make everyone equal and Harrison Bergeron to display the lack of freedom present in a world of total

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