Causes Of Conflicts In Harrison Bergeron

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What are the main causes of tension between persons? Is is culture, society, pride or all of these? In the short stories, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan, the characters, George and Hazel, the parents of Harrison, and Mrs. Jong, the mother of Waverly, struggle with internal conflicts of societal stresses and understanding which causes tension in the character’s relationships with their children; however, Harrison’s parents are indifferent to the society’s impact on their son while Mrs. Jong pushes her daughter past her limits to help preserve her culture rather than for the good of her daughter.
In the story “Harrison Bergeron,” Hazel and George are trapped in a dystopian society which causes them to become indifferent and estranged from their child, Harrison. People are finally equal among each other. The Agents of the United States Handicapper General rule the society to enforce equality. For this reason, George is legally required to wear a little mental handicap radio so that he can not use his intelligence to overpower others. Hazel, on the other hand, has a perfectly average intelligence which means that she cannot think about anything except in short quick bursts. Hazel and George’s handicaps interfere with their emotions and rational thoughts which causes them to be completely oblivious and clueless when “HG men took [their] fourteen year-old son, Harrison, it was tragic, all right, but [they] couldn’t think hard about it”
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