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    In the film Harrison Bergeron, every person is equal. No one is more advanced in any human activity including intelligence. However, Harrison has deviated from this norm by having a higher intelligence level than most people. This conflicted with the society that the National Administration Center had created in order to prevent tension due to the differences between humans. With Harrison deviating from the norm, this caused problems for him and the Center because it was possible that he could form some type of revolution against the Center.

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    Equality Vs Sameness

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    In “Harrison Bergeron,” Kurt Vonnegut writes about a dystopian society where the government forces equality through sameness. Vonnegut writes, “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal in every which way” (Vonnegut, 1968, p. 7). The equality Vonnegut portrays in “Harrison Bergeron” embodies the definition of sameness.

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    Written by Ayn Rand and published in August of 2008, Anthem, is about a boy named Equality 7-2521. Equality is an extremely curious character wanted nothing less than to be recognized. Equality lived in a world where everything a person did was picked for them by the government. Rand based her book of her

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    The better you are, the more disabilities you have. “Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a mental handicap radio in his ear.” So now that everybody is equal, they think their life is good and nobody gets mistreated or treated better than anyone else. In fact, the equality is a law and you would have consequences for trying to

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    This is a short, but powerful excerpt from the short story “Harrison Bergeron”. Not only does it make you wonder why everyone is equal, but makes you wonder how in the world did everyone become equal? The short film, 2081 is based off of its short story “Harrison Bergeron”, yet their stories are quite different from each other. In the short story and the short film, Kurt Vonnegut presents a scary view of human society in the United States in the future, in which the citizens are all uniform. This then leads to their loss of individuality, and therefore to the absolute deformity of humanness.

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    Another example of figurative language the author uses is satire. The government enforces the laws so everyone is equality. They make sure there is no uprising similar to the incident that harrison attempted. They use amendments, as it states in the story , “All this equality is due to the 212th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General(1). The reader can tell this statement is sarcastic because America does not have nearly that many amendments, and the phase “unceasing vigilance” has an underlying sarcastic tone.

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    Handicapped Citizens One can only imagine living in a community where everyone is the same. Where the norm, not being bright and beautiful, but instead being dull and average. This is something that is very prominent in both the story and the movie. The story “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut, includes many ideas about how the government is trying to control the masses of people by handicapping them with devices used as headbands.

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    However, masking your true identity/ handicapping your capabilities, is a form of inequality within itself; as the key to fair treatment is acceptance of yourself as well as others’ around you. Connecting to the short story Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. a quote in which the future is being described greatly connects to the central theme of fairness, “They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else.

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    Theme Analysis How would you feel if society forced everyone to be the same? In the book The Giver, society has forced its’ citizens to go to Sameness so no one is different. In the short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the U.S. government has made several amendments so people are the same, going as far to force citizens who are smarter or stronger to wear radios, masks to hide beauty, and weights. Both governments are doing their best to force their citizens to be a certain way, and they implemented rules to make sure of it ; in fact, Harrison was even murdered trying to call for a revolution.

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    Forced equality to benefit those who weren’t born with natural talents by punishing and regulating the advantages people are born with results in what isn’t a truly equal society. The story said in the beginning that the people weren’t just equal under the law, but also God (Vonnegut). This results in the punishment of the privileged. Economic writer Stephen Moore claimed that the original and traditional American concept of equality as "equality under the law” means that the same rules apply to all, not the same results (29). He states that it isn’t possible to have a classless society because it hinders the economic prosperity of the nation.

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    He then talks about for everyone to be equal the people who exceed at other things they have to be brought down to ‘standard’. Diana Moon Glampers represents the fairness and Harrison represents the individuality everyone has. Diana Moon Glampers symbolizes the fairness in this society. She manages the checks and balances in the society of 2081.

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    So from the story we are warned that we shouldn’t give the power to the government to be able to control our life. In the beginning of the short story we learn that the year is 2081 and that everybody is equal. This was a result of years and years of law making and “unceasing vigilance”( Vonnegut, 1). We learn that the government has made up to 213 amendments and will probably soon make more, under the control of the Handicapper General Diana Moon Glampers.

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    Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else,” (Vonnegut). Both of these stories describe the way of life the future could be like if the government is granted too much power. It shows us that we should keep limits on what the government should be able to do; find a happy medium between what is guiding people to have moral actions, and what is controlling people, such as a dictatorship.

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    In Kurt Vonnegut’s story, “Harrison Burgeron”, he writes about the future and how society is, “equal”. The story concentrates on giving an idea of how all of people are equal. No one is more or less than others. Agents ensure that every one is equal physically and mentally by having people wear “Handicaps”, which decreased whatever ability people had that exceeded the Agents’ expectations. The main character in the story is Harrison Burgeron, who fights for his freedom of speech, and the need to reveal his true self and identity.

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    Brave New World introduces an utopian society where it is depicted that everyone is civilized and perfect, but actually turns out to be a dystopian and savage society towards the end of the novel. The author of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, tries and proves how an utopian society would fail to ever happen as he introduces two different cultures and societies in the novel and leaves the readers to compare both of them to figure out which one is the more sane and civilized environment. Huxley was able to achieve his purpose of displaying in his novel that an utopian society would never cease to happen as in reality it becomes a dystopian world. The main purpose of the novel by Huxley, is that the development of technology and our future into becoming an utopian world would be a lack of success as the main things in the novel such as cloning, soma, and The Controllers prove how really “civilized” the society was in the ending of the novel. Mustapha states, “Call it the fault of civilization.

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    Have you ever felt the urge to want to become someone your not? Or have you been forced to act or dress a certain way that you did not like? Well if you have felt this way then you know how it feels. In the Giver it lets people express their personalities physically and Emotionally. But in the Harrison Bergeron short story, you can’t express anything at all, and you are forced to do more things.

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    For everybody knew they had the same amount skill, handicaps ensured prevention from inequality, and on the other hand people knew others had a higher skill or rank, which is an incorrect statement. The society was truly equal to each other for everybody knew they had the same amount of skill. For example, “the year was 2081 and everybody was equal.’’ This evidence explains how due to the laws, everyone is equal in every way. The fact that people believed they were

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    Harrison Bergeron Essay The short story “Harrison Bergeron” takes place in 2081 in the United States. Everyone and everything is now equal due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments of the US constitution. People are required to be equal people callee handicapper generals assign handicaps and manage them to make sure no one takes them off. The story is about a 14 year old boy named Harrison, and his parents Hazel and George.

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    In this story, everyone is made equal by the “Handicapper-General”, by having handicaps placed on them to make everyone the same. Everyone is perfectly equal and no one is better than anyone else, or any stronger, smarter, or even more athletic than any other person. That’s a good thing, right? No. This would keep people from reaching their full potential, possibly to help the whole of the population.

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    They use the characters in this book to demonstrate why certain rules exist, as well as to prove why said rules shouldn’t exist. This book portrays that the rules of the society exist because the government believes they will help create complete equality among the society 's citizens. The main character, whose name happens to be Equality, realizes near the end of the Anthem that utopia is unachievable, especially by way of equality. With this new insight, he begins to develop

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