Essay about Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron '

1280 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout our daily lives, equality is becoming an over exaggerated idea. There are constantly articles talking about unequal pay wages, gender and racial inequality. Everyone is striving for equality but nobody truly knows what would happen if it would be achieved. Kurt Vonnegut tries to illustrate what full equality would look like by making it the main focus point of life in a futuristic society. The short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, presents a futuristic dystopia in which the long-awaited equality is finally achieved, the author uses setting, symbols and characters to help convey the idea that true equality is misleading and unattainable. Its consequences, along with the process are destructive as they lead to even more inequality, thus restricting one’s individuality.
Vonnegut uses the setting and the created mood to demonstrate the theme- true equality is misleading and unachievable. “Harrison Bergeron” is set in the future of the year 2081. Over the years, the government has gained even more power over the people. They now have set limits on strength, appearance and mental capabilities. Through the idea of equality, the government could now control all human flaws by making everyone equal. The government strictly tries to enforce the idea, making it the essential way of living in order to prevent chaos and disruption of peace. By setting the story in the future, Vonnegut tries to help people understand and show what true equality would look like.…

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