Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

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Imagine a futuristic society where everything and everyone is equal. You’re smart and are given handicaps to be like the dumb. Are you athletic and fast? Not anymore. The government gives you weights to weigh you down. The most beautiful people are given masks so they don’t stand out. This is life in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s short story “Harrison Bergeron.” Harrison, a brilliant and strong 14 year old boy, decides he doesn’t want to follow the government 's rules anymore. He sets out to overthrow the government, knowing he may not succeed. Throughout the story Vonnegut expresses the theme that standing up for what you believe in despite the dangers is the morally righteous and necessary thing to do.

A major theme in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr’s short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” is that standing up for what you believe in despite the dangers, can be the morally righteous and the necessary thing to do. One example of this is, “‘Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen.’ she said in a grackle squawk, ‘has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.’” This shows that Harrison was in jail for trying to overthrow the government because he didn’t believe what they were doing was right, and he was punished. He still strongly believes in this, and isn’t going to give up, even though he knows he will be punished even harsher than before. He knows he has…
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