Harrison Bergeron Essays

Harrison Bergeron

In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut portrays a society in which “everyone is equal”. Through the efforts of the Handicapper General, all persons who were endowed with anything more than moderate talents are forced to wear various devices meant to make everyone equal, intellectually and physically. Through showing his audience what a truly “equal” society could be, as well as how government could regulate equality, Kurt Vonnegut clearly makes the point that truly equality leads to a loss…

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Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut

This paper seeks to defend the proposition that that there is a need for individual differences for humanity despite society’s expressed desire to attain equality. The communist and socialist ideologies may have theorized the what is an ideal society, one that is classless or egalitarian but there are simply unacceptable effects if there is all aspects of individualism is excluded. The need for individual differences could be best seen in the short story of ‘Harrison Bergeron’ by Vonneguts, Jr. where…

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