Harrison Bergeron : Similarities In 'Harrison Bergeron'

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Harrison Bergeron In 2081 everyone was treated equally due to laws 211th, 212th, and 213th. Can you imagine a world where nobody could be smarter or stronger than anyone else? In “Harrison Bergeron” the law said that everyone was supposed to be equal in every way but everyone was not truly equal. Everyone in “ Harrison Bergeron” were being treated equally because they are being treated differently, they have leaders that are treating them poorly, and all of these problems could be because of laws 211th, 212th, and 213th. First of all, laws 211th, 212th, and 213th stated that everyone was equal in every way. The laws changed the people and made them believe they are equal but they truly aren’t equal. For example at the beginning of the text it stated, “ All this equality was due to laws 211th, 212th, and 213th.” A little later in the text it said, “ Scrap metal was hung all over him. Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people, but Harrison looked like a walking junk yard. In the race of life, Harrison carried three hundred pounds.” I think this is significant because in my first example it proves that laws 211th, 212th, and 213th have officially been declared law and everyone must be equal in every way. However, in my second example it proves that some people were treated poorly because they did something better than other people. This also illustrates the importance of how the three laws tricked people into thinking that they are being treated equally even though in the text it stated that by law they had to wear handicapped. People had different punishments which proves they were not being treated equally, while some people in “ Harrison Bergeron” is being treated equally, one must consider that everyone has the same punishment. Some people had to carry heavier scrap metals or even uglier masks. As a result people in Harrison Bergeron were not being treated equally because they had different handicaps. Second of all, they all might have the same level of intelligence and strength but they are being treated differently. For example in the text it stated, “ He is a genius and and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely
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