Harrison Bergeron Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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How does kurt vonnegot make fun of government agencies?  

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Vonnegut starts the story of Harrison Bergeron by citing the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution as finally making every citizen equal in every possible way. Considering the difficulty of enacting amendments (twenty-seven have been ratified since the Constitution went into effect in 1787), it is not likely that there will be 190 amendments between now and 2081.

However, his main target in the story is the Office of the Handicapper General. The title of the agency is either ridiculous (what government would purposely set out to create handicaps for its citizens?) or ironic (why does the government make rules and regulations that complicate life for its citizens?). The name of the Handicapper General, Diana Moon Glampers, is silly to read and sillier spoken out loud. The image of anyone with such a name occupying a position of high responsibility, in charge of accommodations that impact every citizen on a daily basis, is beyond credibility - which, of course, is Vonnegut's point.

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