Analysis Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut Essay

742 Words Feb 29th, 2016 3 Pages
Harrison’s Warning “Harrison Bergeron,” written by Kurt Vonnegut, is a story about a perfectly equal society taken place in the year 2081. A society through which the government handicaps everyone to make everyone equal in every way and is proven through the author’s use of imagery in his writing. Equality is very important to society and, “The original and traditionally American concept of equality is ‘equality under the law’ (Moore, Stephen, and Peter 29). Being feared from his intelligence, athleticism, and good looks Harrison is handicapped by society and is visualized throughout the story through the author’s use of imagery of his handicaps. First, Harrison is a young man with a more than average intelligence, is feared by his government, and is handicapped from thinking more than what they want him to. Harrison handicapped by his government wore, “Instead of a little radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of earphones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses” (Vonnegut 42). A pair of earphones in his ear, Harrison’s government ensures that he will listen to what they want him to and to keep him under their control at all times. Harrison’s mental handicap contributes to his wanting to be free of the government and his motivation to ripping his handicaps off, and to prove to his society that all people should not be equal in every way, and that equal is not necessarily beneficial to society or government. Secondly, Harrison is athletic and is…

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