Individuality By Kurt Vonnegut 's Harrison Bergeron Essay

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Everyone is different, from looks, attitude, athleticism, and so much more. Each human has their own ups and downs, and each person works to improve themselves. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, individuality is seen as harmful, something that encourages jealousy and low self-worth in others. However, individuality is needed to move society forward: through personal achievements and talent society will improve as a whole. To combat the talents expressed in this story many people are equipped with “handicaps,” objects to lessen them to a “normal” level. They attack intelligence, strength, and other talents. These handicaps are supposed to make all the humans in this story equal, but the underlying meaning is that no one in this universe they had made is equal. One of the main characters, George Bergeron, has a handicap in his ear to stop him from thinking too much. However, this handicap does not stop him from thinking entirely; he still has intelligent thoughts concerning matters at hand, they are just limited by the noises in his ear. He still has his talent, no matter how hard people try and get rid of it. Attractive people in this story are required to wear ridiculous masks to cover their faces, and while that may work on the outside it still does not stop the person from being beautiful underneath the mask. This also back fires because despite the ugly mask, because the person is wearing one people know that they are beautiful underneath, as seen here: “She must…

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