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The Disaster of EqualityKurt Vonnegut’s satire “Harrison Bergeron” explores a world in which everybody is equal and no one is more important, beautiful or intelligent than anybody else. The United States has finally achieved equality and has suppressed the smart people by handicapping them. The year is 2081 and the government tries to suppress any trace of the way in which can lead to intelligence or a higher way of thinking so that everybody can be comfortable in each other’s stupidity. The characters, the plot and the symbols portray a government that degrades its people and a world that seems comical and shallow.Through the literary elements used in the story, Vonnegut presents a story with a plot about a family who is deeply affected by the actions of the government. The “211th, 2012thand 213thAmendments to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapped General” deeply hurt George and Hazel Bergeron whose son has been taken away by the government (Vonnegut 217). Choosing this particular family and this particular setting