Literary Analysis Essay - 1 Running Head Death over Equality Death over Equality Taya L Hahnemann Fox Valley Technical College 2 Death over

Literary Analysis Essay - 1 Running Head Death over...

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1Running Head: Death over EqualityDeath over EqualityTaya L. HahnemannFox Valley Technical College
2Death over EqualityDeath over EqualityVonnegut’s story Harrison Bergeron takes place in a futuristic dystopian society in the year 2081, where everyone is constrained in some way in order to become equal in every way possible. To achieve this equality, Handicapper General, Dianna Moon Glampers, requires all who are considered above average to wear some type of restriction or “handicap” in order to establish sameness. Vonnegut cleverly uses satire to demonstrate how ridiculously impossible and unrealistic it is to create a community where everyone is made equal.Vonnegut’s descriptions of equality revolved around making everybody average. “Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else” (Vonnegut, 2004, p. 524). The character Hazel is described as having “perfectly average intelligence” (Vonnegut, 2004, p. 524). With this perfectly average intelligence she was not able to think longer then “in short bursts” (Vonnegut, 2004, p. 524). In contrast, someone like George who has intelligence “way above normal” (Vonnegut, 2004, p. 524) has to be handicapped mentally with a “radio in his ear” (Vonnegut, 2004, p. 524). He was considered stronger than the average person, so he was required to wear canvas bags that held many pounds of bird shot. George and Hazel’s son, Harrison Bergeron, a 14-year-old male, provided the ultimate challenge. From his name to his looks, he was perfect in every way. Harrison was brilliant, athletic and handsome. He was abnormally tall for an adolescent, standing “exactly seven feet tall” (Vonnegut, 2004, p. 527). For his overly handsome looks the H-G men had to come up with different cosmetic alterations. “the H-G men required that he wear at all times a red rubber ball

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