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Christopher Hestir Laura Kotti English 101 21 September 2016 Close Analysis of Harrison Bergeron Could you imagine living in a world where everyone is equal in every way possible? A world where no one is stronger, smarter, or more attractive than anybody else? This is the dystopian world that Harrison Bergeron lives in. Harrison Bergeron is a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut about a 14-year-old boy named Harrison Bergeron who, in an unsuccessful and fatal attempt, rises up against the government and tries to do away with the various handicaps that his government has created. Handicaps are placed on all people to either make them weigh more, alter their thoughts, or hide their beauty. Within this story, I want to address the finale where Harrison, newly claimed emperor, and his beautiful ballerina Empress break free from the handicaps, albeit for a short moment and begin to dance to music played by a handicap-free orchestra. Their brief moment of joy ends with the entrance of the Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, who shoots both Harrison and his Empress dead. A common theme found in this short story is the danger in trying to achieve utter equality. Everybody in this society must hide what they are truly capable of and most just mindlessly follow what the government says out of fear. This halts society from progressing in any way. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, the author addresses the negative aspects of extreme equality through miscellaneous literary elements including, but not limited to, symbolism, conflict, and imagery.
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