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In "Harrison Bergeron," what handicap does the news announcer have?

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noconnectionwse | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM via web

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In "Harrison Bergeron," what handicap does the news announcer have?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:58 PM (Answer #1)

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In this dystopian world where equality has been taken to its illogical extreme, everybody is made to be the same as everybody else through the forced wearing of various handicaps that reduce the talent and natural skill of those who have it and force them to be at the same level as the majority. It is only fitting, therefore, that the news announcer is similarly handicapped in the area that he is skilled in: his voice. Note what the text has to say about the announcer in this story:

It wasn't clear at first as to what the bulletin was about, since the announcer, like all anouncers, had a serious speech impediment.

The announcer therefore, and all announcers in this world, are deliberately chosen because of their lack of ability to speak clearly and their possession of a speech impediment that will actually make it difficult for them to carry out their job. We are presented with a topsy-turvy world where not being good at something is actually your best qualification for ending up doing it.

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