Essay on A Glimpse Of True And Full Equality

1519 Words May 17th, 2016 null Page
Many people in our world today strive for equality and work towards the cause of everyone being viewed as equal. Equality is something that over the years has become more prominent of an issue to society. It seems to be a movement that is good in theory, but has never actually been played out. A glimpse of true and full equality is shown in Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, where Vonnegut uses a futuristic setting in this science fiction story to portray the dangers of true equality in a society. Just like there are some in society now who do not agree with full equality, Harrison, son of George and Hazel, chooses to be the one to rebel against the act. Through this story, Vonnegut proves that equal was never meant to mean ‘the same’. First, the simple and unintelligent dialogue throughout Vonnegut’s short story reveals the horrors of equal meaning ‘the same’. The author shows George and Hazel Bergeron, and the struggle they go through during something as simple as a regular conversation. George, who Vonnegut portrays as an intelligent man, has to hear “somebody hitting a milk bottle with a ball peen hammer” (Vonnegut 1) as just one of many sounds to keep him from thinking of something that may be smarter than the average human being. The reader understands that Hazel, not having a handicap, is the perfectly average person. However, the perfectly average person in the year 2081 is apparently not all too bright. The author keeps Hazel’s side of the conversation simple,…

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