What Is Harrison Bergeron Character Analysis Essay

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The quote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ” summarizes what Harrison is fighting for. The year 2081, there is finally equality, but to be made equal there are many individuals that are made handicapped because they are better than everyone else. Harrison is one that is made handicapped and tension arose between the handicap general and Harrison. Harrison believed that being handicapped stops him from showing his full potential. The character Harrison, in the story “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, has many traits that help aide the theme of the story. Harrison was a strong, good looking, determined young individual with a goal to be different than everyone else. To begin with, Harrison is a good looking 14 year old that is 7ft tall with big goals in life. Harrison is one that was made handicapped by the Handicapper General because he is better than the others. If you are made handicapped it meant you are better than everyone else, but once you are made handicapped you are equal with one another. In the story it says, “To offset his good looks, the H-g men required that he…show more content…
This is brought up in the text when it says, “Harrison's scrap-iron handicaps crashed to the floor”. This is not only showing strength physically but mentally too. He goes against the rules of equality no matter the consequences which shows lots of courage and strength. Harrison is so strong that by the time the handicapped general attached all the handicaps he was carrying three hundred pounds. This quote in the story, “Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junkyard” says that he is strong and he is so perfect he was a mess once he was made
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