Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

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The “Actual” Equal There is an explanation for the “equality” in the dictionary: “Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.” (Equality). However, in the novel “Harrison Bergeron” has another definition “Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.” (Vonnegut, 7). The Handicapper General(HG) who manage this things, use little mental handicap radio, bags and masks to made them become equal. George and Hazel are different representative, Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, but George’s intelligence was above normal. Their son Harrison had been taken away, after that Harrison took some actions. When the author wrote this novel, the American was in the Cold War and the capitalism was becoming stronger; however, the author didn’t satisfy this situation. Therefore, according to this novel to reflect the capitalism against with socialism, they want to find a balance between them.
Hazel and George are different. Hazel is type of capitalism and she is also an equal representative. She doesn’t wear anything; she couldn’t think about anything expect in short bursts. When she watched ballerinas on television, she thought they are nice, she didn’t know George’s ideal even didn’t know what’s feeling when have the mental handicap; she even has a little envious to George. As Reed thinks “Her natural mental state is equivalent to George’s handicapped.” (Reed 47). However, George…
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