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Posted October 26, 2013 at 4:58 AM via web

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Do you think it is desirable to have a truly class society instead of that depicted in the story "Harrison Bergeron"?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the great things about the short story "Harrison Bergeron" is the way Kurt Vonnegut reveals the society that is "truly equal". He shows the dark side of this desire that sits in the hearts of people everywhere. The story illustrates how a society might be manipulated even if the wishes of equality where realized. The question of whether or not it would be desirable to have a truly class society or not is very difficult. In a society that holds true to the class structure their is no possibility for upward mobility. Therefore, no person could ever achieve anything that they were not born into the position of achieving. However, Vonnegut shows us how a society would look if it were truly equal, which turns into a horrific nightmare as well. He takes the concept and shows us that equality, in its true form, is just as limiting as everyone is brought down to the level of the lowest performer in the society. The citizens were "equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else." This equality limits the citizens in their equality. They become helpless because they are forbidden to take advantage of their gifts.

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