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“Harrison Bergeron” By Kurt Vonnegut Questions 1. What are the implications of the opening sentence, “The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal”? What happened? Are capitalism and American democracy dead? Did totalitarianism finally prevail?- The opening sentence implies that the world has changed drastically and that before this year people were not equal. Certain rules were placed to make sure that no one is prettier, smarter, or stronger than anyone else. These rules include wearing hearing aids that play loud noises when smart people overuse their brains, masks for those who are too pretty, and weights for those who are too strong. The world has become a totalitarianism and everyone is controlled by the United States Handicapper General. 2. Are such changes impossible under American capitalism or are they the likely results of just such a system?- Yes because under American capitalism people are relatively free to make their own decisions, but that is not the case in the story. Everyone is forced to be equal and listen to everything that the Handicapper General says or else they will be punished. 3. What human tendencies underlie the sort of world described here?- It shows that people can be very jealous of others and insecure about themselves. 4. What are the functions of the “United States Handicapper General”? What threats to society do such agents combat?- The Handicapper General’s job is to enforce and make sure that everyone is seen as equal. This means hindering those who are smarter, good-

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