Essay about Harrison Bergeron : An Analysis

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Harrison Bergeron: An Analysis
One might pretend for a second that they’re trapped in a world of oppression and ironically unfair egalitarianism. This world is one that forces the smart to become mentally tormented, the beautiful to wear masks, and the strong to be weighed down in the name of equality. This world boasts a tyrannical Handicapper General as the enforcer of the laws; she punishes anyone who does not accept their constraints, and will authorize the government to seize anyone with even a rebellious thought. This is the world of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron.” Though topics covered in this story are extremely political and significant, Vonnegut uses several literary elements to convey his opinion with ease and substantial thoughtfulness. In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron,” the tone, symbolism, and setting reveal the author’s perspective on the evils of big government and dictatorial equality.
The tone in Harrison Bergeron reflects the overall unhappiness and unsettling apathy that the characters and situation display. Though Vonnegut describes many situations with very theatrical words, his wording is meant for disparity rather than humor, as noticed in the following passage: “George Bergeron correctly identified the earthquake, and well he might have- for many was the time his own home had danced to the same dancing tune” (219). The story relays many points of description this way; the words almost seem out of place in their comical…

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