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    wear a mental handicap radio in his ear, to prevent taking advantage of their brains. Even beautiful ones had to cover their faces to avoid looking better than others. All these were enforced by agents of the United States Handicapper General. One April, fourteen year old son Harrison was taken away from their parents, George and Hazel Bergeron, by the handicapper general men. Even though the tragedy happened in their family, they…

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    Harrison Bergeron is a short dystopian story written by Kurt Vonnegut. The story takes place in the year 2081 under a socialist US government. The story states that ‘to achieve mental and physical equality amongst all Americans, the government uses torturous handicaps on their citizens’. To keep total socialism, the government has had to arrest the ‘extraordinary’ Harrison Bergeron; who symbolises defiance and teenage rebellions with conflicting views on the government, throughout the story. For…

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    The way humans live when no one else can see them can be interpreted as the human spirit.. In “Harrison Bergeron” the entire community is equal to each other in every single way. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a story about a young boy who becomes obsessed with betting on horses to satisfy that never-ending desire of greed. “Young Goodman Brown” shows a discussion between the character Goodman Brown and his companion or otherwise known as the Devil. Throughout “Harrison Bergeron,” “The…

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    How can a story such as Harrison Bergeron, which takes place in the future, contain so much relevance in today’s world? By means of symbolism, and Vonnegut uses it in many ways throughout this short story. Symbols in a story, allows us as readers to make comparisons from the reading to our lives. Symbolism is the practice of using a person, place, or thing to represent a more rational idea. Symbolism is expressed in Harrison Bergeron, by Harrison Bergeron, the handicapper general, Diana Moon…

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    Giver by Lois Lowry, and the article, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, both main characters are poised as hero’s. In The Giver, Jonas is selected as the receiver of memory. After many months of training, Jonas’s realizes that there is more beyond what he has learned in his community. He learns about family, music, and most of all, love. Jonas believes that the feelings he has experienced should be shared with everyone in his community, but his message isn’t vivid, for it is clouded by his…

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    Harrison Bergeron is a futuristic story set in the year 2081 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The story highlights a scenario where everyone is living in the American dream of equality in society. In such a society, the people who are regarded as being superior are required by law to wear handicaps and several hideous marks. The story suggests that equality is something that is not worth to be strived for in the society and that implantation will be able to achieve outcomes that are dangerous to the…

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    Vonnegut may have been influenced by the Cold War and America’s rising fear of communism, and one can make the argument that Harrison Bergeron is a piece of anti-communist propaganda cautioning against socialism in the United States. However, a stronger argument can be made for almost the exact opposite idea. The short story is a satire that mocks America’s irrational fear of socialism. The comic details that Vonnegut adds creates an environment where nothing can be taken seriously. If we take…

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    Starting with the first sentence, the story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. already relates to today’s societal issues with equality, stating that it is now the future and equality has been met. Vonnegut starts off the sentence saying “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal,” and I instantly began to think of today’s society and how almost every day the issue of equality is brought up, whether it be with feminism, gay marriage, etc. He then begins to explain what is so equal…

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    To begin with Harrison Bergeron, “he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete…” (Pg.2), so, the civilization sees Harrison as an enormous hazard to them. For example, Harrison Bergeron was a rebellious citizen mentioned to be hazardous that managed to break out of prison. A fourteen-year-old, named Harrison Bergeron broke out of jail with the plans of plotting to overthrow the government. Then, he went on television and took off his handicap…

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    My response to the ending of the story was not a positive one. I did not like the way the events of Harrison Bergeron were resolved at all. After I finished reading the story, I realized that the United States government controls people in this universe in a way that makes it virtually impossible for people to rebel. They make it so that no one is coherent enough to even plan a rebellion, and even if someone was able to overcome their handicaps, the live executions of these rebels makes everyone…

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