In "Harrison Bergeron," what was Vonnegut saying about improving society by making everyone average?

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Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron" explores an interesting premise: What would happen in a society where everyone was truly equal? At face value, it seems consistent with American ideals to create a culture where all people are equal; after all, the Declaration of Independence claims, "All men are created equal." In Vonnegut's story, set in 2081, the U. S. Constitution has been amended 213 times in order to achieve that ideal originally expressed in 1776. At last, "everybody was finally equal."

As the story progresses, readers see what such a society would be like. Since it is impossible to give people innate talents and abilities that they don't already possess, a culture bent on equality has no way to raise its citizens to the level of its most...

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