Theme Analysis : Harrison Bergeron

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Peggy S. Little Professor LaGuerre ENC1102 18 September, 2016 Theme Analysis: Harrison Bergeron In the literary piece “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, we enter a futuristic dystopian society in which all citizens have been forced into equality by a government that rules with corrupt omnipotence. From the very beginning of his hauntingly prophetic tale, Vonnegut lures us in by revealing what our society has devolved into at the hands of the wrong system in power. In the name of equality, the attractive are mutilated, the strong are weakened, and the intelligent are handicapped. “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal” (¶1) Vonnegut states in his captivating opening line. Through this dismal tale, Vonnegut reveals that forced and total equality is nothing more than a perilous fallacy. He suggests that complete equality is not as ideal as one might think; in fact, it is more dangerous than we could have ever conceived. The story begins with a seemingly ordinary couple performing a seemingly ordinary task: watching television. What is out of the ordinary, however, is Vonnegut’s deliberate avoidance of all descriptive details regarding the house. He makes it a point not to mention décor of any kind or any of those personal touches that make a house a home. Nor does he bother mentioning anything inside of their house aside from the television. This bland simplicity is crucial in helping the readers grasp the uniformity that citizens of this society have been
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