Absolute Equality in Harrison Bergeron - Absolute Equality in Harrison Bergeron Name Professors Name English 112 Course Number Essay 1 Date Word count

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Absolute Equality in Harrison Bergeron Name Professors Name English 112 Course Number Essay 1 Date Word count: 981 With our current system of government pushing for equality among sexes and rights for gays, at what point will society agree that all are equal? In the cutting edge short story, "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the world is at last satisfying America's 1 st Amendment by literally making everyone equal, at least in the eyes of the government. The skilled, strong, beautiful and intelligent are forced to wear handicaps in this futuristic society. Some of these handicap mechanisms include earphones playing loud and distracting sounds, bags of weight, ugly masks, and bulky scrap metal. These handicaps create a seemingly equal world. Vonnegut’s story enables us to see an extreme version of the equality that today’s American society is pushing towards. Through his version of the future, Vonnegut uses Diana Moon Glampers and Harrison Bergeron as tools to uncover and recognize the dangerous extremes of equality. The Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers , depicts the possibility of justness in this dramatic piece. She is the one responsible for dumbing down smart people to the capacity of an average person, which in this society seems to be quite below the average of today’s public. 1
At the start of the story, the audience is given an idea of the world that Diana Moon Glampers lives in: “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

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