Harrison Bergeron Essay: Society Is Not Equal

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Harrison Bergeron Essay Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if everyone was legally forced into the governments opinion of equality? In Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s short story "Harrison Bergeron", it is the year 2081 and the government has altered society to be mentally, physically and socially equal. The beautiful people are covered with hideous masks, the intelligent people wear ear pieces that let off loud obnoxious sounds at random to throw off there thought process and the strong people wear weights to be equal to the weaker people. The society is not equal because no one can truly be changed unless they want to be. Putting a handicap on an intelligent person does not make him or her equal to an average person, …show more content…
Even if she were too hide her voice behind a fake ungraceful one, she would still have her real voice, it just would not be heard but she would still have it. No matter how anyone tries to change someone on the outside, they will not be truly changed on the inside, hence no one is truly equal even with the handicaps because everyone still obtains there beauty, intelligence or strength it is just hidden behind the handicaps.

Another example of society not being equal is that if the government were to try and make everyone equal with handicaps, then everyone should have them not just the people who are beautiful, intelligent or strong because true equality would be for everyone to be the same, not just having some people have handicaps and some people not have handicaps. For example when Harrison broke into the dance studio he was ripping the handicaps off his body and the narrator states "Nobody had ever borne heavier weights" (210). It is not equal for any person to have heavier weights than another, though it would be equal if everyone had the same size weights. It is not equal for only some people to wear hideous masks and some people to wear ear pieces and some people to wear weights, it would be if every single person had a hideous mask or ear piece or weight that weighed the same. As the narrator was explaining how this society works, he mentioned the ear piece and stated "The transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people from

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