Harrison Bergeron

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Harrison Bergeron: Negotiation of Identity In a world with no individuality, is it possible for humanity to progress? In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” the author, Kurt Vonnegut, presents the idea of a conformed society in which everyone is totally equal; if one is superior to another, then they must wear a certain handicap to supress their talent. However, the flaw in this type of society is the loss of one’s identity and freedom. A conformed society technically wouldn’t be very equal because the government would still have power over the citizens and this could lead to a possibility of a dictatorship. Also, there wouldn’t be any innovation within a conformed society because everyone would be equal and competition wouldn’t exist…show more content…
Also, the author exemplifies the rules being created which are supposedly meant to help the people, but instead they are oppressing their freedom and individuality. Kurt Vonnegut develops an idea that a conformed society can’t be equal and the total equality would produce a society with no individuality as well as no innovation therefore humanity would not be able to progress. The fault in Harrison Bergeron’s society is an absence of individualism and a freedom because everyone would have the same identity; this conquers one’s freedom because they must wear handicaps against their will. Also, the government in the Harrison Bergeron is sort of like a dictatorship because they have a huge advantage over everyone else and they command others into doing what they think is ‘right.’ The uneven levels of power within the society create an unequal system and that contradicts the idea of a totally equal world. Humanity would not be able to progress without individuality because in a world with everyone being equal, physically and mentally, there wouldn’t be any improvement or breakthroughs that could advance the
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