Essay on Kurt Vonnegut and Harrison Bergeron

Submitted By wayrex
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What would happen to the world if the people were literally equal in every aspect of their lives? In the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the world is finally equal. In this society, the gifted are required to wear handicaps of earphones, heavy weights, and hideous masks. With the world constantly pushing for equality among people, Vonnegut reveals a world that society is working toward.
In a society of excessive equality, Harrison Bergeron is the one who represents uniqueness through his physical and mental characteristics. Harrison is no ordinary being of society. In fact, he is described as "a genius, an athlete,…and should be regarded as dangerous….Instead of a little ear radio for a mental handicap, he wore a tremendous pair of ear phones, and spectacles with thick wavy lenses….Scrap metal [is] hung all over him….he wear[s] at all times a red rubber ball for a nose, keep[s] his eyebrows shaved off, and cover[s] his even white teeth with black caps at snaggle-tooth random" (Vonnegut 236). His physical appearance alone would definitely offset him from the rest of the crowd. Just by walking down the street, one could sense his greatness by his excessive handicaps. Furthermore, his mental capacity is great enough to override the annoying sounds that the H-G men create. The reader can obviously see that Harrison has something more to offer, yet his society is binding him down and taking away his individuality: "Harrison's only crime was…