Harrison Bergeron Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Harrison Bergeron - Support for Vonnegut Jr. Message What other works by Vonnegut, reviews, critism or other secondary sources would be good to support the message that Vonnegut is trying to convey in Harrison Bergeron?

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Vonnegut felt that the medium of television had become rather detrimental as documented in one of the essays on enotes to which the previous poster refers you.  Therefore, you may wish to access his words on the medium of television with its instantaneous information, and its desensitizing and thought-shifing properties.  Arguments that Affirmative Action and the No Child Left Behind law advocate mediocrity and uniformity in people can also be supported in "Harrison Bergeron."

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