Allegory In Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
In this world, one dictator decides that all people must be equal and no one should be more superior to the other, physically and mentally. Those who defy this law are taken away or killed without remorse. The allegory within this tale is that non-competition is more valued in this world than individuality. The main character Harrison is an athletic, rebellious, and intelligent man with a strong will. It is his type of people that are oppressed the most. His father is very smart and ambitious as well but those kinds of people are under the control of the government to regulate how much brainpower they use. Along with others, those who are attractive have to make themselves grotesque and hide behind a mask. Self-indulgence is heavily frowned upon and this fantasy world is another representation of the world we live in. According to Hattenhauer, “…In a society in which no one is more intelligent than anyone else, everyone would be as stupid as the most mentally deficient person in the populace, and, therefore, all would be unable even to feed themselves. But the critics miss this plot development. For example, Roy Townsend claims that this is “effectively a ‘no-plot’ situation because nothing happens…” (Hattenhauer,