Harrison Bergeron Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Discuss the cult of mediocrity in "Harrison Bergeron."

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The setting for this story is a society in which equality is forced on all people by the government. The problem, however, is that if all people are equal, then no one can excel. Unless all people are superior in intellect and ability (the "superman" theory), then all will be average or even worse.

You will find an excellent essay on this topic here at eNotes, entitled "Conditions in Society." I have placed a link to that essay below. You might also find the discussion of themes, also linked below, to be helpful as well.

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