Analysis Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut

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In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut expresses the dangers that could be caused in total equality. He deliberates the pain his characters have to endure through their handicaps they received from the government to assure equality in society. Vonnegut explores the dangers that total equality brings to society. Harrison’s attempt to free people of their equality is accompanied by Harrison’s parents, sitting on the couch having to deal with their handicaps while trying to focus on Harrison’s message. Equality is thrived for, however, equality undermines freedom and living. Equality is defined as “being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities” (Merriam-Webster). Harrison Bergeron breaks out of prison and attempts to free people from their handicaps to show the world, through the broadcast, what handicaps and ultimately equality, hide. (Vonnegut 849). Harrison breaks his handicaps, showing his handsome attributes and his hidden talents the handicaps were disguising. He begins to discuss how he would make a better leader than any other man in the world. “’Even as I stand here-‘he bellowed, ‘crippled, hobbled, sickened- I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become!’” (Vonnegut 849). He then breaks the ballerina’s handicaps and the bands to show the beauty and talent they were all concealing. “The music began again and was much improved.” (Vonnegut 849). The show ends with the Handicap General entering the room…
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