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BoettdAn impartial society: Utopia or Hell? What would happen to the world if the people were literallyequal in every aspect of their lives? In the futuristic short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt VonnegutJr., the world is finally living up to America’s first amendment of everyone being created equal. In thissociety, the gifted, strong, and beautiful are required to wear handicaps of earphones, heavy weights,and hideous masks, respectively. Thus, these constraints leave the world equal from brains to brawn tobeauty. With the world constantly pushing for equality among people, Vonnegut reveals a world thatsociety is diligently working toward. Through this foreshadowing of the future, Vonnegut attempts touse Diana Moon Glampers and Harrison Bergeron as mechanisms to reveal and warn of the dangers ofthe two extremes--too equal or too unjust. Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, symbolically portrays the idea of fairness in asociety. She is the one in charge of lowering the capacity of a bright and intelligent person to the levelof a normal and unaware being. In the beginning of the story, the reader is given a picture of the worldthat Diana Moon Glampers watches upon: The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was betterlooking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality wasdue to the…Amendments to the Constitution, and…vigilance of agents of the United StatesHandicapper General. (Vonnegut 234) Diana Moon Glampers is the one who maintains the idea of "checks and balances" among the societyof 2081. In God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Glampers is portrayed as a "sixty-year-old virgin who, byalmost anybody's standards, was too dumb to live….No one had ever loved her. There was no reasonwhy anybody should. She was ugly, stupid, and boring" (Vit). Diana Moon Glampers is the epitome of
every possible low in the world, and this allows her to hold such a high position in this futuristicsociety. Since everyone is created equal, her ugliness, stupidity, and boringness all play this major rolein earning her such a high position as Handicapper General. She makes sure that no on is better thanher, thus making everyone equal in "every which way" possible. Glampers represents the fairness that