Dictatorship Themes In Kurt Vonnegut's 'Harrison Bergeron'

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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 …show more content…
George Bergeron 's "transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep him…from taking unfair advantage" (Vonnegut). The buzzing makes him equal with the rest of the people that have an average intelligence and aren 't as smart as him. As the buzzing starts the noise isn 't as intense and not as loud. As the story progresses the buzzes get louder and louder to a twenty-one-gun salute and a sound of a car crash (Vonnegut). Having the mental handicap gives the government control on his mind and prevents him from thinking on even the smallest ideas or thoughts. George can 't even pull a thought together about the ballerinas or even remember his own son being taken away before another signal comes and wipes his mind of his own thoughts. Controlling someone 's mind is dehumanizing and an invasion of one 's natural rights. The government drains the person of individuality and ruins his/her qualities and characteristics as a human being. By doing so they have created a mass group of slaves in the country who listen and abide to the controlling …show more content…
The government forces everyone to wear handicaps so that no is better than anyone else. This forced equality causes society to lose interest in just about everything and live as a slave to the government. If we have lost our diversity in the world then we lose the difference that makes us who we are and what we make ourselves later on. If we let a powerful government have this much control over us and let them take our natural rights away then we have no purpose to live. Then we are just seen as objects to the oppressor rather then actual

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