Analysis Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' And ' A Small, Good Thing '

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Understanding the Misunderstood
The three short stories, "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, and "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver each create an atmosphere that is intriguing and manage to deliver a surprise at the end. Each of these stories has very different settings and plot, thus seeming uncorrelated at a first glance. However, there is a unifying theme. All three short stories portray that misunderstanding and judging others in society can be destructive.
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is set in the future where society approached equality as every human having the same capabilities. Those who are more capable of certain aspects such as above average intelligence, athleticism, or attractiveness, are forced to limit themselves to be equal with those who do not have such qualities. So much so that a person who could have lived a normal, healthy life is forced to act in an outrageous manner because of misunderstanding and judgement. Harrison Bergeron, an intelligent, good-looking, athletic fourteen year old who could have been a normal teenager if he was not forced to handicap himself. Instead, he escapes from jail and is declared, “regarded as extremely dangerous” (Vonnegut). This harsh judgement of Bergeron leads to his eventual act of defiance. Removing his handicaps, his noble intentions to end the oppressive concept governing society is misunderstood and results in his death by Diana Moon Glampers, the…

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