Essay about Kurt Vonnegut 's Harrison Bergeron

1026 Words Apr 26th, 2015 null Page
In today’s society, every person is different. We all have our own rights, and no one tears us down to make us all equal. There is also no one forcing us to all be the same, and we can voice our opinions and act upon them without punishment. In comparison to a communism society where you can’t be your own person and are under a dictator’s power, we are under a capitalistic society and can be who we really want to be with our own rights. In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron, examples of human equality and government domination are shown when the common people are tortured and disguised in order to completely remove competition from society making everyone physically and mentally equal. In the short story Harrison Bergeron, it’s very obvious that it is a communism society. The common people are tortured, disguised, and weighed down to make everyone in the society equal. Harrison Bergeron is the 14 year old son of Hazel and George Bergeron. He is taken by the H-G men and put in confinement due to being so intelligent and of higher power than others. Hazel is of “perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn’t think about anything except in short bursts,” and with George, his “intelligence was way above normal.” (Vonnegut) One of the major themes of this story is human equality. No one is to be prettier, stronger, or smarter than anyone else in society. The “Handicapper General” (Vonnegut) makes sure of that in the story. One evening Hazel and George…

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