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Samuel Olmos P.6 Ms. Conif Harrison Bergeron TBQs 1. How does Harrison’s rebellion reveal his character and his values? Support your opinion with evidence from the text. Harrison’s values are about how handicaps don’t make you equal. In the story we are told about Harrison being smart, athletic, him being arrested because he didn’t want to have handicaps on. A good example would be how he didn’t kill anyone or harmed anyone at the theater, he just striped the musicians and the ballerina of their handicaps. The musicians scrambled back into their chairs, and Harrison stripped them of their handicaps, too. “Play your best,” he told them, “and I’ll make you barons and dukes and earls.” The point of this line is to re-enforce the fact that Harrison is trying to back his point that handicaps are just limiters to your full potential, and they make you equal by making you unequal. This obviously backs my point as it is the result of this is Harrison showing the crowd his message of how much better they could do without handicaps. 2. George Bergeron wears a radio that broadcasts various noises to prohibit him from developing any intellectual thoughts. Trace the increasing intensity of the noises that George hears throughout the story. How do the noises parallel the escalating tragedy of George’s and Hazel’s lives? The noise George hears gets worst the more thought he needs to use in a situation (for example emotions.) During the story we get to see George’s handicap turn on a variety of times, and most of the time it’s during, bad memories, sadness or strong emotions, and serious thinking. A very good example is when Harrison dies on live TV and George forgets due to him getting an extremely intense noise after his death. George came back in with the beer, paused while a handicap signal shook him up. And then he sat down again. “You been crying” he said to Hazel. “Yup,” she said. “What about?” he said. “I forget,” she said. “Something real sad on television.” “What was it?” he said. “It’s all kind of mixed up in my mind,” said Hazel. “Forget sad things,” said George. “I always do,” said Hazel. “That’s my girl,” said George. He winced.

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