Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

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We have all been warned that we are in for a little more than we expect when it comes to our future. In a short story by Kurt Vonnegut we will encounter these problems in an exaggerated futuristic world. Vonnegut’s satire invites us to think, first and foremost, about the implications of the pursuit of equality in relation to the American creed. But the way of life he depicts also invites us to think anew about the meaning and importance of the “American Dream,” and about whether technology helps or hinders the American character and our prospects for happiness. This paper will explore the relevance of two motifs from the text in order to reach a better understanding of the underlying meaning.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote about a dystopian fiction world in his 1961 short story 'Harrison Bergeron. The story speaks of an egalitarian world where equality is based on attributes like beauty, strength and intelligence rather than the equality on human rights. 'Harrison Bergeron ' is set in America in 2081 because of Amendments 211, 212 and 213 added to the Constitution in order to make sure that everyone is equal in every way. This equality is accomplished due to the diligent efforts of Diana Moon Glamper, the United States Handicapper General. She is the government official who creates handicaps that will bring the stronger or smarter members of society down to the same level as the slower members. In the opening scene fourteen-year old Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his…
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