Throughout the history of our country, Americans have sought racial, gender, and socio-economic equality. On paper such a society seems ideal.
Those who are too beautiful must mask their appearance with hideous disguises; those who are too strong must be burdened by immense weights; those who are too intelligent must be impeded by devices that constantly interrupt their thoughts.
Harrison Bergeron, the titular protagonist, Harrison Bergeron, the titular protagonist, is one of those superior individuals who has been handicapped in many horrific ways. However, his "reign" is short-lived, as he is soon shot dead by the handicapper general, Diana Moon Glampers.
Upon reading this story, it is quite evident that Kurt Vonnegut believes that total equality would be a grave mistake—one that would rob the world of individualism and the gifts of many talented people.
America has been dumbed down, enslaved, and nullified in this story; its residents are certainly not rendered free by the delusional "leveling" of the playing field that has occurred. The costs of this brand of equality are nothing short of disastrous, with a dictatorship-like government emerging to ensure that the status quo is maintained.
Vonnegut is clearly warning readers about this kind of dangerous propaganda and the consequences that enforcing equality would bring about.Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” is set in the future (), when the government has supposedly made everyone “equal.
” The people of this era are forced equal by technology. In “Harrison Bergeron,” Vonnegut suggests that total equality is not an ideal worth striving for, as many people believe, but a mistaken goal that is dangerous in both execution and outcome.
To achieve physical and mental equality among all Americans, the government in Vonnegut’s story tortures its citizens.
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"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut In "Harrison Bergeron" Kurt Vonnegut depicts a society in which everyone is mentally, physically, and socially equal.
Throughout the history of our country, Americans have sought racial, gender, and socio-economic equality. ”Harrison Bergeron”, the short story penned by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
|Equality - Adam Langdon by Adam Langdon on Prezi||The beautiful must wear hideous masks or disfigure themselves, the intelligent must listen to earsplitting noises that impede their ability to think, and the graceful and strong must wear weights around their necks at all hours of the day. The insistence on total equality seeps into the citizens, who begin to dumb themselves down or hide their special attributes.|
in , imagines the world in years, where the government has taken complete control over free thought and complete equality has finally been achieved – at a price, of course. "Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical and dystopian science-fiction short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and first published in October Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was republished in the author's Welcome to the Monkey House collection in Publication date: