Against Absolute Equality In Harrison Bergeron By Kurt Vonnegut Jr

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An Argument Against Absolute Equality in “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

This literary study will argue against the theme of absolute equality in the story story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The theme of “George Bergeron” is based around an authoritarian government that forces all individuals to mediate their “gifts” in society by demeaning them in different ways. This form of social control forces people with greater talents than others to be wrongfully mitigated, which prevents them from fulfilling their best potential. George must wear a heavy radio around his neck (much like a yoke) to prevent him from discovering the reasons for the kidnapping of his son, Harrison, by the government. Therefore, the propaganda of absolute equality is impossible, since it is actually preventing human beings from realizing their own talents over those with lesser abilities. In essence, an argument against the premise of absolute equality will be defined in this literary analysis of “George Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In the beginning of “Harrison Bergeron”, George and Hazel Bergeron have a difficult time relaxing that their son, Harrison, has been taken away by the government. After this incident, George cannot understand why his son was taken away because the government has forced him to wear a radio around his neck in order to stifle his high level of intelligence: “And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio
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