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The Root Of Inequality In Harrison Bergeron

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“Harrison Bergeron” conveys the idea that the only way to reach equality is through the eradication of competition. However, the true underlying message in this short story is that comparison is the root of inequality. In an exchange between Hazel and her husband, George refers to the period before the ratification of the 211th-213th Amendments as “the dark ages” and traces the dark days back to the rivalry that tore people apart. This indicates that their society does not allow anyone to be better than another for the sole purpose of making sure no one feels lesser than someone else: equality. For example, Hazel describes a dance she and George are watching as “really pretty,” however, George disagrees and thinks to himself, “They weren’t
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