Can An Equal Society Truly Exist?

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Can an equal society truly exist? The story, “Harrison Bergeron” gives one perspective answer to this question throughout the story. The story portrays one main conflict between Harrison Bergeron, a genius boy who is very talented, against a “government” that makes the entire society equal by handicapping the more gifted, down to the level of the less fortunate or incapable. Harrison constantly outgrows his tremendous handicaps faster than the government can create them and plans to overthrow the handicap government and society with his genius. The reader learns that there is a constant struggle with the people in the society who are smarter being able to think on there own for a short while to only come and find themselves lost, since their handicaps have kicked in and made their thought process vanish. The reader also realizes that the normal functions of humanity can’t take place: conversations, fascination or entertainment, and the ability of knowledge and the sense of learning, are lost. The absence of uniqueness and diversity are not present and formality and same-ness is enforced and therefore accepted. The story “Harrison Bergeron” shows that equality is a non-valued gift of uniqueness for all humans. All humans can never be truly equal in the eyes of the world.
Near the opening few paragraphs of the story the reader learns that intelligence may be handicapped yet the ability to reason hasn’t been lost. Hazel tells George that she thinks he looks tired. She says,
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