Harrison Bergeron Understanding The Misunderstood

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Understanding the Misunderstood
The three short stories, "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, and "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver each create an atmosphere that is intriguing and manage to deliver a surprise at the end. Each of these stories has very different settings and plot, thus seeming uncorrelated at a first glance. However, there is a unifying theme. All three short stories portray that misunderstanding and judging others in society can be destructive.
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is set in the future where society approached equality as every human having the same capabilities. Those who are more capable of certain aspects such as above average intelligence, athleticism, or
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In the beginning, Ann judges the baker by assuming he has children and can relate and understand her happiness for an occasions like a child’s birthday. It’s states, “it seemed to her that everyone, especially someone the baker’s age-a man old enough to be her father-must have children” (Carver). By the middle, while her son is in the hospital, Ann, now stressed, misunderstands unknown calls as harassment. After her son’s death and realizing the caller’s identity, her sadness and anger causes her to want to kill the baker. Ann screams, “I’d like to kill him. I’d like to shoot him and watch him kick” (Carver). In the end, Ann learns that the baker does not have children after talking to him. On the other hand, the baker tells Ann, “Listen to me. I’m just a baker…I’m deeply sorry. I’m sorry for your son, and sorry for my part in this” (Carver). Instead of judging Ann for wanted to murder him and hating her, he apologizes. Ann listens to his story, and begins to wash away her judgements. Since both parties decided to listen to one another and understand each other, they are able to find solace in a dark time. Misunderstandings and judgements are not permanent, a simple conversation leading to understanding can avoid a …show more content…
Nowadays, photos posted on social media like Instagram and Facebook are there for the whole world to view. Comments such as, “That dress is ugly on her,” or “He thinks he’s so cool” are usual. These may seem innocuous, but pushing them aside can allow them to grow into false statements and hurt others. On the other hand, talking to one another and attempting to understand them can stop unnecessary destruction. Learning from these stories is one step in moving away from a condition that can be corrected.
Although each of these stories appear unrelated in any form, the unifying theme of misunderstanding and judging others is present in all of them. The three short stories, "Harrison Bergeron", "A Rose for Emily", and "A Small, Good Thing" each express a typical human flaw, judging others, in different ways. In “A Rose for Emily” and “Harrison Bergeron” judgement and misunderstanding leads to destruction, whereas “A Small, Good Thing” shows how moving past that can produce better results. A vital lesson of trying not to judge others at a glance is one everyone can benefit from, in the past, present, and

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