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Mind Control In Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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What would happen when technology gets so advanced that some things such as mind control are possible? Well, in the book “Harrison Bergeron”, the author Kurt Vonnegut shows just that. In “Harrison Bergeron,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. tries to explain to the reader that if are going to rebel, it has to be carefully planned, and not to act out in anger. Always plan it very well ahead of time. Another thing to think about is, should all people be equal? If so, should technology be used to do this? Kurt Vonnegut Jr shows his interpretation of it in his book, Harrison Bergeron.
The theme of Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut is to show that people cannot and should not try and make everyone equal, and if a rebel is going to be planned, plan it out ahead of time and plan well. With a government like the one in Harrison Bergeron, everything is going to be monitored closely. The government in this book seems to think every problem can be solved with technology. Technology is not always the answer, and neither is government control. In the short story, it is shown that the government is controlling everything so much that it's literally taken away the point of human life. This quote shows that “Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.“
(Vonnegut, Kurt. Harrison Bergeron. New York, Mercury Press, 1961).
The government wants everyone to be equal, so they have taken it upon themselves to monitor
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