Unformatted text preview: Discussion Questions for “Harrison Bergeron”
1. How is the idea of equality different in 2081 than it is today, and what is implied about how
much the Constitution has been changed by 2081?
they try to take the over powered ones and make the equal to the less power 2. What’s the difference between the description of George and Hazel Bergeron’s character (think
about handicap) ?
George is very smart and has to have his brand stopped every 20 seconds, hazel is average 3. What can we infer from the fact that Hazel has tears on her cheeks but she has forgotten for the
moment what caused her to cry?
hazel is average or below average person , doesnt think well 4. How are the ballerinas handicapped, and why are they handicapped in the ways they are?
they wanted all ballerinas to be the same and not have curtain people better than others in the dance 5. What would be the penalty for George attempting to lighten the load of the handicap bag he is
required to wear around his neck, by removing one or more lead ball bearings from it?
The government would come after him and make it worse 6. What does George think of the handicapping system established by the government?
George doesn't like his handicap, ruinned his life 7. The announcer has a speech impediment. After about thirty seconds, what does the news
announcer say and do? What is being satirized here?
ladies and gentlemen every 30 seconds 8. Make an inference: based on what we know of this society, why is the picture of Harrison
Bergeron that appears on the television screen upside-down, then sideways, then upside-down
again, before finally appearing right-side up?
its a average person working the camera trying to figure it out 9. Describe Harrison’s handicaps. What has the Handicapper General’s Office required him to
wear, and why? face mask and chain, because Harrison is very powerful and trys to fight the government
10. What is the significance of the first ballerina removing her handicaps and joining Harrsion,
and what is the significance of their dance together.
they can finally dance better than the others 11. What do George and Hazel’s reactions to Diana Moon Glampers’s ultimate action against
Harrison tell you about the government’s influence on their thinking? the government doesn't want anyone
better, and takes it serious 12. Compare the situation in this story to one in the real world. Your analogy need not involve
government, but may concern any authority structure. What is the author trying to tell readers
about human society?
this could happen in society, but there are people better than others 13. In what ways do any of the characters change from the beginning of the story to the end? What
is the author saying about the human condition based on the development of these characters?
in the end, they try to take over the government and stop the handicaps 14. What do you think of the approach this society has taken to achieving equality, bringing
everyone down to the same low level instead of helping to build everyone up to higher levels (of
intelligence, strength, grace, beauty, etc.)?
the approach is bad, no one should be penalized due to the personalizes 15. If this hypothetical society had just focused its time and energy on making sure every citizen
was treated equally under the law, on overcoming racism, sexism, classism, etc., and closing the
extreme gap between the wealthiest and the poorest people so that everyone would have all their
basic needs met, how would that society be different?
this would kill the society, everyone lives by there way, and it would ruin the lifes of everyone ...
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