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May 2018English 10Harrison BergeronThe storyHarrison Bergeronby Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is a futuristic scenario that gives the reader a hidden realization. The realization is that to be alike doesn’t mean you are equal . With the use of handicaps and laws their society had become this “Perfect Utopia”. The story say, “They were equal every which way.” Equal means having the ability or resources to meet, equal playing field. Equal doesn't mean disable people so they are in equivalent strength or beauty. To be the same as in characteristics, is the mean of alike. The handicap general leveled the population in every way. One example of her doing this is “since the announcer, like all announcers, had a serious speech impediment.” Everyone had to be set down to the lowest standard. If one guy had a speech impediment to be alike everyone on the news had one to. That's not being equal. Being equal means you can be different, you just need to have the same ability for competition. The story says they are all equal because they are alike, but is that really true. In the story we see a inequality in their society. “It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, theHandicapper General, came into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor.” If they were really equal why do some people have more power than others. If everyone was equal then how can one person have so much jurisdiction. But saying they were alike and one person having more jurisdiction makes sense. The story is show us the truth about making everyone the same and saying we are equal. Equality is giving everyone an equal playing field, not disabling people to make them like one another.