Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

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Set one hundred and twenty years in the future Kurt Vonnegut’s dystopian world short story “Harrison Bergeron” is about the outcome of what happens when the government takes over due to people in society pleading for equality. From physical looks to one’s intelligence, it seems that people are continuously unsatisfied with themselves when compared to others. However, there is one boy who refuses to conform to the laws set in place by the Handicapper General. Harrison Bergeron is that boy. The story tells of his capture, rebellion, and his demise due to breaking free from the laws of equality. In whole, Kurt Vonnegut wants his readers to assess the issue of equality in society before the made up world of his story turns into reality. To begin with, the first paragraph in the story describes how everyone in the society had achieved equality through laws that had been set in place by the government. Mr. Vonnegut writes that “they weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way.” By this he is saying that everyone no longer has their own individual identity. Therefore, due to the 211th, 213th, and the 214th amendments, everyone had to follow rules to make them equal with others. Anyone that was more beautiful or more handsome than others had to wear masks to disguise their faces. Also, if anyone was above average intelligence they had to wear mental handicaps in their ears. And in some way the government and their people seemed to think that that made
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