Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron ' Essay

1241 Words Sep 29th, 2014 5 Pages
Kurt Vonnegut 's short story, "Harrison Bergeron" displays a futuristic America where no one is better than anyone else and everyone is equal. Almost everyone has some type of natural "handicap" that makes us different from one person to another. This difference makes us who we are as an individual. As an individual we can think outside the box and bring great new ideas to the table as we aren 't influenced by others fear or doubt or how they think differently. In the "Harrison Bergeron" the people can 't experience this, everyone is forced to wear handicaps that limit them from their own thought, intelligence, or physical appearance. Having these forced restrictions on someone causes society to be at a standstill because no one has the ability to improve science, culture, or themselves. Vonnegut uses theme and symbolism to exhibit the risk of absolute physical and mental equality from the totalitarian U.S. Government. In the story, "Harrison Bergeron" is set in the future where three amendments have been added to the U.S. constitution to allow for total equality and the use of government officials to enforce these laws. These three amendments destroy all natural rights that humans have to be individual and to be different. These laws bring everyone 's strength, intelligence, and physical abilities to a level below average so everyone can be equal. Harrison breaks these handicaps and rebels against the government. He shows everyone how great individuals can and should…

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