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Why is Harrison Bergeron such a threat to society?

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houseofnyx | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM via web

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Why is Harrison Bergeron such a threat to society?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 18, 2009 at 11:50 PM (Answer #1)

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In his short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, the author has developed a society that has tried to make everyone and everything “equal.” At fourteen years of age, Harrison Bergeron is a threat to society because he is clearly above the sameness that the government is trying to enforce through the office of the Handicapper General which means he can question, and doubt, and seek changes that the government doesn’t want. Despite the enormous amount of handicap they have developed for him--huge earphones instead of small ones, glasses with thick distorted lenses that gave Harrison physical ailments like headaches, and huge amounts of metal and hardware hanging everywhere off of him, he is still considered smarter, stronger, more athletic, and etc., and when he escapes from jail the media asserts that he is “under handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.”

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