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her, thus making everyone equal in "every which way" possible. Glampers represents the fairness thatsociety is continually striving for to obtain. In this world, everyone stays at the same level-- no one isdifferent, no one is jealous or fearful of anyone, and no one is trying to impress or overtake the next. Inthis 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 isanother issue in which too much of a good thing may cause matters to go wrong. In a world of absoluteequality, each human being would never be looked upon as anything more or less than the personbeside him or her. Unfortunately, this advantage may only go so far. For example, how can anintelligent being be given as much credit as the simple minded human beside him? This is the casewith Harrison Bergeron's parents. Harrison's mother, Hazel, is described as having "perfectly averageintelligence,…And [while] George['s]…intelligence was way above normal" (Vonnegut 234). In orderto stabilize their intelligence to the same level, Harrison's father has to wear "a little mental handicapradio in his ear" (Vonnegut 234). This society's method in maximizing complete equality is to have theintelligent 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 Glampersand Hazel. Diana Moon Glampers symbolizes this world by not only being the one to support thesecustoms, but by also shooting down and killing the one who is considered the symbol of freedom anddifference--Harrison Bergeron. Through Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General and themurderer of freedom and individuality, Vonnegut is warning society to not lean completely towardsbeing "equal in every which way" or else society loses its chances to excel past what it has become. Hesatirically suggests that in order for everyone to be equal, the ones who exceed the mark must be
brought down to the standard. As a result, there is a loss of the exceptional talent and beauty. Moreover, just as Diana Moon Glampers represents the fairness of society, Harrison Bergeronsymbolizes the individuality in the world.