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Plot[ edit ] In the yearthe th, th, and th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else.
One April, year-old Harrison Bergeron, an intelligent and athletic teenager, is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel Bergeron, by the government.
They are barely aware of the tragedy, as Hazel has "average" intelligence a euphemism for stupidityand George has a handicap radio installed by the government to regulate his above-average intelligence. Hazel and George watch ballet on television. They comment on the dancers, who are weighed down to counteract their gracefulness and masked to hide their attractiveness.
She suggests taking a few of the weights out of the bag, but George resists, aware of the illegality of such an action. On television, a news reporter struggles to read the bulletin and hands it to the ballerina wearing the most grotesque mask and heaviest weights.
She begins reading in her unacceptably natural, beautiful voice, then apologizes before switching to a more unpleasant voice.
George recognizes his son for a moment, before having the thought eliminated by his radio. Harrison himself then storms the television studio in an attempt to overthrow the government.
He calls himself the Emperor and rips off all of his handicaps, along with the handicaps of a ballerina, whom he proclaims his "Empress".
He orders the musicians to play, promising them nobility if they do their best. Unhappy with their initial attempt, Harrison takes control for a short while, and the music improves. After listening and being moved by the music, Harrison and his Empress dance while flying to the ceiling, then pause in mid-air to kiss.
Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, enters the studio and kills Harrison and the Empress with a ten-gauge double-barreled shotgun. She forces the musicians to put on their handicaps, and the television goes dark. George, unaware of the televised incident, returns from the kitchen and asks Hazel why she was crying, to which she replies that something sad happened on television that she cannot remember.
He comforts her and they return to their average lives. Characters[ edit ] Harrison Bergeron is the fourteen-year-old son, who is 7 feet 2.
He wants to live as an unimpeded human being and does not want to obey the laws of the government, which has taken on the responsibility of creating equality for the whole American society.
To eliminate any "unfair advantages", the Handicapper General forces him to wear the most extreme handicaps reflecting his extraordinary attributes: When he escapes from jail, the government describes him as "a genius and an athlete" and tells people that he should be regarded as extremely dangerous.
When Harrison enters the television studio, he is convinced that he can overthrow the government and declares "I am the Emperor! I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!
In addition to this talent and egotism, he also possesses artistic and romantic characteristics. He sings and dances with his Empress, defying gravity while doing so.Introduction. Even in the not-officially-segregated North, there was often a wide gulf between the color-blindness of the American dream and the racial discrimination in daily life, which, early in their lives, crushed the aspirations and dashed the hopes of promising young black Americans.
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In the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut the theme of the story was based on his satirical view of the human's desire to achieve equality. In this stories society, the gifted, strong, and beautiful are required to wear handicaps of earphones, heavy weights, and hideous masks.
Harrison Bergeron breaks out of jail where he is held on suspicion of wanting to overthrow the government in Kurt Vonnegut's story, "Harrison Bergeron." His act is rebellion against this.