Smith 1Devin Smith Mrs. VedulaEngl. 11024/2/18The Deeper MeaningIn the perfect world equality seems like something easy to have and attain, but in the short story “Harrison Bergeson”, by Kurt Vonnegut, equality in this story is used for the incorrect way. Vonnegut says “everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way” (Bergeron). The common theme throughout the story is creating equality by forcing people to have the same level of intelligence, conceal the face of the beautiful, and just to force everybody to be the same. Vonnegut uses symbolism, irony, and setting to get his theme across throughout the story. He writes this story to show that we are not all equal but that our strengths and weakness make us the person that are.One of the biggest symbols throughout the story Vonnegut uses is noise because they limits what people can think about. Hazel has an average intelligence and is what society wants so she doesn’t have to wear the radio handicap. George on the hand is very intelligence which the law is forcing him to wear the radio handicap. The government is sending sharp noises through the radio every twenty seconds so people like him don’t use the advantage of their brains. While watching the ballerinas on tv “George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn’t be handicapped. But he didn’t het far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts (Bergeron).
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