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Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut

Year Published



Short Story


Dystopian, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The story "Harrison Bergeron" is told by an omniscient third-person narrator.


"Harrison Bergeron" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The short story takes its title, "Harrison Bergeron," from its tragic hero, Harrison Bergeron, a towering 14-year-old boy whose strength and spirit defy the government's attempts to eliminate competition and create a perfect egalitarian (marked by social, political, and economic equality) society.


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