The limited intelligence of the main characters in the short story harrison bergeron by kurt vonnegu

Plot[ edit ] In the yearthe th, th, and th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General's agents enforce the equality laws, forcing citizens to wear "handicaps":

The limited intelligence of the main characters in the short story harrison bergeron by kurt vonnegu

Who are the characters in Harrison bergeron? Hazel is "average" and has no handicaps; while George is a big, tall man and very smart. He wears a transmitter in his e…ar that goes off every 20 seconds to prevent him from using his brain.

He has weighted bags attached to himself to make him more "equal".

The limited intelligence of the main characters in the short story harrison bergeron by kurt vonnegu

He has sheet metal handicaps to weigh him down; his eyebrows are shaved off, black caps to cover his perfect teeth, very thick glasses and a red ball to be kept on his nose, all to hide his perfectly good looks.

She is of average intelligence and looks, appearing to be the same as Hazel, so she does not have handicaps, but she is in charge, has a shotgun and uses it to enforce the "rules".

The limited intelligence of the main characters in the short story harrison bergeron by kurt vonnegu

Apparently the rules do not apply to her. Harrison strips them of their handicaps and they begin to play beautiful music.

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The H-G comes in and tells them to put their handicaps back on or "they will be shot". Harrison Bergeron is plot dominant because I said so. For planning to overthrow the government Share to: In the story Harrison Bergeron why is Harrison Bergeron arrested?

He is gunned down with a shot-gun. With no warning what-so-ever.

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He was arrested in the beginning because he was too smart, athletic, and g…ood looking. He was only shot down later after he escaped from prison.I've always taken the story to be a metaphor for the cost of civilization on the individual. The basic idea of Harrison Bergeron is that, in a future USA, people are declared to be equal.

In order to accomplish this in fact, exceptional people are "handicapped". In Kurt Vonnegut's popular short story, Harrison Bergeron is taken away by the government when he is 14 years old.

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The arrest of one's son should be an extremely traumatic and memorable event. "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 Kurt Vonnegut's Short Stories study guide contains a biography of author Kurt Vonnegut, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis of Vonnegut.

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