' Finally Equal In Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron

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Finally Equal? In the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, is about the world finally being equal. The government in this story makes the world equal in a way that makes everyone think that everyone is actually equal when really it’s the same as it was before. This happened because of the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments of the Constitution and instead of a President like today, there is a person who is called a Handicapper General of The United States. A handicap is a metal earpiece radio that is supposed to send a sharp noise every twenty seconds to keep the people who are above normal intelligence. This is because the government does not want people who are over the normal intelligence to take advantage over the people who have normal intelligence. In this short story, there is a couple who go by the names, George and Hazel Bergeron. George Bergeron is a very smart person and has…show more content…
Many were attached to sashweights and bags of birdshot. Bird shots are the smallest size of shots for a gun and sash weights are a weight attached by a cord to each side of a window sash to balance it at any height. People who were very pretty had to wear very ugly masks so the people who were ugly, can be equal to the people with the masks. George had forty seven pounds of birdshot, padlocked around his neck. This is when Hazel starts talking to George about breaking the law. When Hazel noticed george wince at the noise going on in his handicap, she tells him to lay down for a bit and says, “If there was just some way we could make a little hole in the bottom of the ba, and just take out a few of them lead balls. Just a few.” When Hazel states this, it shows that she does not know what the government can do or the consequences. Another reason why she thought of breaking the law because of her low intelligence and her knowledge of what the government can do to them if they do break the

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