Harrison Bergeron Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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How does this text create an awareness of human variety and complexity, and what human experiences does it portray?

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"Harrison Bergeron" is a dystopian science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut about a future world in which the government imposes equality upon everyone. The Handicapper General's office enforces equality by equipping beautiful and talented people with mandatory masks, heavy weights, distracting earphones, and other impediments. Harrison Bergeron is both attractive and a genius, but rather than be shackled by the government, he escapes and attempts to mount a rebellion.

Vonnegut uses satire

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