The clothes are drab. The TV shows are all reruns. And that whole having-no-rights thing is a real pain in the neck.
The beautiful must wear hideous masks or disfigure themselves, the intelligent must listen to earsplitting noises that impede their ability to think, and the graceful and strong must wear weights around their necks at all hours of the day.
The insistence on total equality seeps into the citizens, who begin to dumb themselves down or hide their special attributes. The outcome of this quest for equality is disastrous.
America becomes a land of cowed, stupid, slow people. Government officials murder the extremely gifted with no fear of reprisal. Equality is more or less achieved, but at the cost of freedom and individual achievement.
Television functions primarily as a sedative for the masses.
The government also uses television as a way of enforcing its laws. When dangerously talented people like Harrison are on the loose, for example, the government broadcasts warnings about them.
They show a photograph of Harrison with his good looks mutilated and his strength dissipated. The photo is a way of identifying the supposedly dangerous escapee, but it is also a way of intimidating television viewers. It gives them a visual example of the handicaps imposed on those who do not suppress their own abilities.
Television further turns into a means of terrorizing the citizens when Diana Moon Glampers shoots Harrison. The live execution is an effective way of showing viewers what will happen to those who dare to disobey the law.In “Harrison Bergeron,” Vonnegut suggests that total equality is not an ideal worth striving for, as many people believe, but a mistaken goal that is dangerous in both execution and outcome.
To achieve physical and mental equality among all Americans, the government in . Vonnegut seems to imply that ironically, power are in the hands of only a few people under the pretense of equality, and that extraordinary people has no place to live in such an authoritarian society.
c.) Discuss two inferences you can make about the society Harrison Bergeron was rebelling against. Use evidence from the story to support your reasoning. Make sure you include examples/quotes from the story. Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut.
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(1) Competition Quotes. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else.
Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody . Information about the open-access article 'Equality versus Freedom in ‘‘Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut: A Study of Dystopian Setting' in DOAJ. DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality . "Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical and dystopian science-fiction short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and first published in October Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was republished in the author's Welcome to the Monkey House collection in