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Summary Of Harrison Bergeron By Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in 1992 and began writing short stories in the late 1940s and continued writing for more than 50 years. Vonnegut was held prisoner during WWII in Dresden, Germany, where he wrote “Slaughterhouse Five,” one of his most famous novels. Since the 1970’s, he has been regarded as a major American Writer.(33). Then, Vonnegut wrote a short story called “Harrison Bergeron.” “Harrison Bergeron” is a sad story about the society in 2081. Everyone has some sort of handicap so that one is simply not better than the other. Then, one day in April, George and Hazel Bergeron's lives changed forever. The conflict in this story helps readers understand the author's Point of View about having an equal society by not showing the positives, but showing only the negatives. For example, having handicaps including: bird shot in canvas bags, radio earbuds, and having to wear masks. One of the many negatives shown are the buzzers in the ears of some handicaps. Some handicaps, like George, have to wear earbuds in their ears to keep them from thinking too hard on things. There are sounds…show more content…
Then she threatened the others who had taken off their handicaps. Then, the gunshot noise rung throughout George's ear and he suddenly forgot what graceful and beautiful thing he had just seen.(40) With this being said, the conflict in “Harrison Bergeron” helped the readers understand the author's point of view about having an equal society by showing all the things about their handicaps that were negative. For example, the bags of birdshot tiring them out and the possibility of getting jail time and fined, the loud ear piercing noises in their ears that made them wince, and the masks that made them look ugly. So what is so wrong with an unequal
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