Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut 's ' Harrison Bergeron And Black Ball '

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How does a satirical short story illustrate a journey to identity? In Kurt Vonnegut and Ralph Ellison 's stories, Harrison Bergeron and Black Ball, there is a such jouney but they are far different from each other yet are in some ways the same. Both a satirical piece and a serious racial piece have real elements of a individuals journey to identity. Lets take a look at the two works.

How are the two stories similar in their characters path to identity. First let 's look at the short story "Harrison Bergeron" and draw a few comparisons and find some differences between the two. In "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut the main character Harrison is out of the picture. The story takes place in a world where everyone is the same and those who are different have "handicaps" that make them shorter, or heavier, or dumber or even less handsome. The story stresses that everyone is the same (equal) and there is no identity or individuality this quote from the beginning of the books states this quite well. "The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren 't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way.". In this quote you see that there is no difference between people, except the main character of course. Harrison you later find out is a tall, strong, handsome and intelligent person in a world of equality. At the beginning of the story he is in jail for refusing to wear his handicaps because he wants to be himself, he wants his own identity. Short…

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