Symbolism In Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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Significance of Symbolism
The short story “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut, uses many elements of style. As in fiction writing, these elements combined are what create the story, these elements form the basis for the words to become a story rather than just words alone. Kurt Vonnegut made fine use of the elements of fiction in writing this short story. The setting is represented, although the symbolism is what makes the story shine. The author’s use of the writing elements such as setting and more importantly symbolism, are what really brought this story to life.
The setting in this short story is important, as this story is about a society based in 2081, in the land of equality as it has been designed by the author. A time where
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Not only do people view each other as “equals”, society has gone as far as limiting other people from being above average or more advanced than others. The thought being, if it is too extraordinary for one person to do, then no one can do it. “you can rest your handicap bag on the pillows, honeybunch.” She was referring to the forty-seven pounds of birdshot in canvas bag, which was padlocked around George’s neck.” (Reader 185) This is another example of how the author uses symbolism in the story, showing the control of the government as well as the obedience that follows. The author’s use of symbolism throughout this story draws the reader in, creating an atmosphere the reader can grasp.
The short story “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut is written with many elements of fiction. The two most important elements found in this work are, the setting and symbolism. Symbolism is far more important in this story than setting, as without the symbolism the setting would have no effect of the reader. Symbolism specifically, has been used in this work in order to help the reader relate to the setting and understand the main concepts