The Hatred Of War In Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut is known to be one of the best American authors of all time. Critics not only love his writing style and his ability to tell a story, but they adore the way he can turn a simple story into a lesson that goes way beyond the pages. Born in Indianapolis, Vonnegut attend Columbia University and even spent some time in the military. He says this helped show him what war was like, and he hated it. Vonnegut’s hatred of war is a very common theme he expresses in many of his works. His books and short stories all contain similar distinct themes such as the lack of individualism in society, the dangers of technology, manipulation from the government, and many others. On the surface, many of Vonnegut’s stories appear to be written simply for entertainment, but as you dig deeper you can discover more about Vonnegut’s personal views and his motives for writing. One of the short stories I read from Kurt Vonnegut was Harrison Bergeron. This story began in the year of 2081, were people who are considered “overachievers” are handicapped so everyone is on an even playing field mentally, intellectually, and physically. George and Hazel Bergeron have a son, Harrison, who was taken by the government for his above-average intelligence. One day, Harrison manages to escape the government and breaks into a TV set that his parents just so happen to be watching. He makes a giant scene but is then shot dead, causing Hazel to cry. Soon after, she cannot remember why she is crying because
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