In "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., why did Harrison say that he is emperor? 

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I think we need to see this claim to be "emperor" as reflecting Harrison's own belief in himself and his abilities, but also the result of his pent up frustration of never having received praise and recognition for the wonderful genius that he was. It is certainly a rather exaggerated claim, yet for someone who has been forcibly handicapped throughout his entire life, perhaps the relief of casting aside his handicaps and being allowed to shine gives him such a boost that he is able to make such an outrageous claim.

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As you've already read in the posts above, Harrison is a larger-than-life character.  His grandiose claim of being Emperor is just another of those exaggerations.  Let's be honest, it has to be a pretty restricted and limited world when a fourteen-year-old is the most extraordinary and free person in it.   

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In concurrence with the point made that Vonnegut's story is filled with satire, Harrison Bergeron 's act of declaring himself emperor is, indeed, excessive.  But, then,...

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