The Loss Of Freedom In Harrison Bergeron, By Kurt Vonnegut

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In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, the author shows what can happen when an individual has the right vision, but does not necessarily understand the right way to go about conveying the right message. This results in the loss of society’s freedom. The story is told based on a visional desire on the way Harrison hopes that the world will be in the future. The reader fully grasps the concept that Harrison is trying to gain equality in the world; that is clear to see. Harrison Bergeron’s plan was not to cause any type of trouble, but to help others understand that, in order to stand for something, one must not give up by any means. Equality is and has always been an issue on people’s freedom, individuality, and their society. …show more content…
However, on the opposing side, the handicaps don’t really seem to make people equal because upon seeing the different type of handicaps someone is wearing, it is automatically known that the person represents beauty, intelligence or strength. Harrison adds “She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous. And it was easy to see that she was the strongest and the most graceful of all dancers, for her handicap bags were as big as those worn by two-hundred pound men” (Vonnegut 223). There is much more to a person besides the way his/her face looks, how strong he/she is, or how intelligent they are. The quality of one’s character should be the primary focus on how to equalize people because a society is not based on minor things that do not necessarily matter. If this is how the government equalizes societies, how should anyone have hope that there will be any type of change or …show more content…
It would’ve been in his best interest to start an underground plan where he will be able to communicate with the people, while remaining in hiding so that he would not be stopped. Yet, he chose to walk into a television studio with the intention to just speak freely, as if he did not just escape prison. In the article “Disrupting Social Contracts That Affect Gifted Students,” the author mentions that “Certain aspects of living within the community circumscribe absolute freedom of the individual so both the individual and the community can thrive” (Cross 1.) Although he showed poor judgment in deciding to appear on television where the Handicapper General would have easily tracked him down, his intentions were not to keep running away from the reality of the situation. Unfortunately, his courageous behavior got him immediately shot; however, at least he was able to speak and be heard. His efforts did not go unseen, therefore his death is tragic, but it was meaningful more than words can

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