Essay on Literary Analysis - Harrison Bergeron

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Literary Analysis: Harrison Bergeron

Kurt Vonnegut Junior’s passage “Harrison and Bergeron” is a brief story written in 1961. It is about Harrison Bergeron, an inmate who is forced to diminish his abilities because they are more enhanced than everyone else’s. When Harrison tries to rebel against the laws of the land, he is shot and killed. “Harrison Bergeron” is similar to “1984”, a book written in 1948 by George Orwell. In “1984” every single leader of society is overthrown by Big Brother and everyone has to conform to the same rules or he or she will be killed, or taken out of society. “Harrison Bergeron” and “1984” have many similarities that give an insight to what is to come in the near future for society.

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Therefore eventually causing society to return to the way it previously was. Orwell provides an example using the main character, Winston Smith, of how society would fall apart if people were allowed to rise up and disobey the laws. Throughout the entire novel Orwell describes Smith’s plans to revolt and how he is brought back into the system of the land. “Harrison Bergeron” and “1984” demonstrate how some people will suffer if everyone is obligated to be the equal. Vonnegut

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