Analysis Of George Bergeron 's ' The Novel '

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Charlie Kaufman’s upcoming adaptation Harrison Bergeron takes a different approach to the original short story. In the Vonnegut’s story the year is 2081 and the world is finally equal or at least considered to be that way. Everyone wears handicaps to suppress whatever can give them an advantage, such as headpieces that stop a person from using their brain, weights to diminish strength, and masks to hide beauty. The short story looks at the lives of Hazel and George Bergeron living during this new era. They have a son named Harrison, but he was taken away before the events of the story. Largely, Vonnegut’s story presents itself as a satire to communism; however Kaufman creates a darker much different perspective. During an early screening of Kaufman’s adaptation the viewer only gets a glimpse of the beginning of the film. Kaufman begins the narrative using the same first line of the short story, “the year was 2081 and the world was finally equal” (Vonnegut 7). Yet, there is a noticeable dramatic difference, the narration is told through George’s perspective. The choice is interesting because upon learning this fact the narration becomes bias. George’s narration seems bitter and clearly the system he lives in is not one that he supports. Still, the perspective is interesting because there is a lot of static during the narrated moments, presumably from George’s handicap. A smart choice as it allows the reader to understand what the handicap is like through George’s eyes. At…
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