What Is An Allegory In Harrison Bergeron

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Intelligence comes with a price of happiness. At least to Kurt Vonnegut it does. In the short story, “Harrison Bergerson”, Kurt Vonnegut focused about the effects of intelligence by imagery, symbolism, and allegory. Vonnegut wrote the story about America in 2081 where the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments of the Constitution made everyone equal in every which way. Nobody was better, or faster, or stronger than the next person. Not everyone was happy with this, of course, but one man in particular took a stand for freedom. Within the plot, there were many literary devices shown subtly in the plot of the story. For example, imagery represented the noises and weights that handicapped the smart people. George Bergerson is above the average intelligence which means that the government forces him to wear a handicap radio which prevented him from taking advantage from the other average people. Harrison Bergerson, George’s son, wears extremely heavy weights that restrains him from doing anything. Harrison wears these weights since he tried to overthrow the government with his great intelligence. With that said, other literary devices stood up to show a point as the story progressed.…show more content…
As previously stated, those three amendments made everyone equal. George, Harrison, and the ballerinas all wore handicaps which represented the challenges we create for ourselves and placed upon us. The ballerinas symbolized beauty, grace, and strength, or the counterparts of these symbols that the government is trying to show people. In addition, the Handicapper General epitomized as a president who controls everyone. By now, this shows how the characters form together like a society. Therefore, this so-called society leads to the next device which stands out in the plot the

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