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every possible low in the world, and this allows her to hold such a high position in this futuristic society. Since everyone is created equal, her ugliness, stupidity,and boringness all play this major role in earning her such a high position as Handicapper General. She makes sure that no one is better than her, thus making everyone equal in "every which way" possible. Glampers represents thefairness that society is continually striving for to obtain. In this world, everyone stays at the same level-- no one is different, no one is jealous or fearful of anyone, and no one is trying to impress or overtake the next. In this sense, it is actually quite a positive point to be exactly equal in every way, or is it? Equality is a great idea that the world should extend and embrace; however, absolute equality is another issue in which too much of a good thing may cause matters to go wrong. In a world of absolute equality, each human being would never be looked upon as anything more or less than the person beside him or her. Unfortunately, this advantage may only go so far. For example, how can an intelligent being be given as much credit as the simple minded human beside him? This is the case with Harrison Bergeron's parents. Harrison's mother, Hazel, is described as having "perfectly average intelligence .. . George['s] . . . intelligence was way above normal" (LFL 910). In order to stabilize their intelligence to the same level, Harrison's father has to wear "a little mental handicap radio in his ear" (LFL 910). This society's method in maximizing complete equality is to have the intelligent people wear earphones, which give off horrible sounds, to distract one's trail of thought, which in turn, may unfairly give him the better advantage over the simple minded--such as
Abdelrahim 3Glampers and Hazel. Diana Moon Glampers symbolizes this world by not only being the one to support these customs, but by also shooting down and killing