In what point of view is this story written? 

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In “Harrison Bergeron,” the narrator utilizes a third-person omniscient point of view. Unlike first-person (in which the narrator uses “I” or “we” and is directly involved in the story) or second-person (in which the narrator uses “you” and speaks directly to the reader), first-person narrators speak about the characters, using the pronouns “he,” “she,” and “it.” Note that use of pronouns within dialogue does not indicate the point of view of a story. These pronouns must be used outside of dialogue.

Third-person omniscient (“all-knowing”) indicates that the narrator knows everything about the characters in the story, including their thoughts. In the case of “Harrison Bergeron,” the reader is privy from the very first scene to the thoughts and actions of both George and Hazel Bergeron. The two characters, parents of the titular Harrison, are watching ballerinas on television, and the reader learns that Hazel is crying yet she has forgotten what caused the...

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