Harrison Bergeron By Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Essay

1069 Words Oct 5th, 2014 5 Pages
“No matter what, you keep finding something to fight for.” (The Last of Us). In today’s generation, many go against society, fighting for what they believe in. In “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Harrison fights for individuality. In the year 2081, everyone is made equal by the United States government. Equality is the problem, and whoever would show that they were different would get killed. Harrison Bergeron escapes out of prison to try to rule over everyone and prove that being different should not be critical. Harrison gets shot because of this. The whole incident of Harrison dying is forgotten with everyone’s handicaps intact. In “Harrison Bergeron,” the author shows that equality has consequences, the main character believes in being an individual and the setting contributes to the plot. Firstly, this short story states that there is danger in total equality. For instance, the citizens of the United States cannot achieve anything like creating inventions. People with a higher intelligence wear a transmitter that disrupts their ability to think: “And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear.” “…the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.” (page 58-59). This transmitter delivers a sharp, irritating noise which causes them to forget about what they were just thinking about. Furthermore, total equality makes…

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