'Harrison Bergeron'

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With imperfect eyes, total equality is hard to accomplish, especially with the notion of judgment and competition constantly tempting otherwise. However, the high hope of peace and utopia in fulfillment has always been a human thrive. Throughout history many men have attempted such perfection. Karl Marx inquired the structure of communism through the Manifesto to ensure equality to a large socially grouped people. According to Vonnegut, so did the U.S. government, in the year 2081. In the outrageous short story of "Harrison Bergeron", many historic achievements and ideas, like the Manifesto, can closely parallel with that of the future outlook described by Vonnegut. Vonnegut shows the ridiculousness of the outcome of this, at the time, …show more content…
People are not forced to exercise so they could be equal with the stronger; rather the strong must equal themselves by adding weights to make them weaker. This produces a sickly and depressing view of society. The people themselves become lesser. After time, the dictatorship of downward living becomes almost a way of live. George has been carrying this burden of forty seven pounds for so long now around his neck that he says it does not bother him anymore. It has become apart of him. When one has become desensitized from the situation, there is no hope for an uprising or change.

This is why the person who is in their mid thirties living with their parents all their life are most likely not going to move out anytime soon on their own will. After a longer period of time, it almost becomes comfortable and natural. To move on would actually be harder to accomplish.

This imagery shows the complete control on all aspects of life by the dictator. Any type of free thought is immediately forgotten after sounds of automobiles crashing and shotguns going off. In reality, this can be controlled by altering all aspects of the media, as a man takes over and impresses his will on the given society, what he wishes to be let out to the public can be publicized; what he does not want to be exposed, however, will not be publicized. (Compaine) The government in the story, with the playing by the orchestra in an ill-manner, does the same thing. The true beauty of music is hidden, and

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