How do you write the story of Harrison Bergeron in the form of a news article?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This is an interesting assignment!  There are many nuances of Harrison Bergeron that you could focus upon, but if you are forced to cram the entire book into a news article, I would go with this title: "The Handicapper General: Hero of Equality!" (or something like it).

The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal.

In the article, I would focus on the Handicapper General as the "hero" of the story who allows no one to stand out and gives all people their "handicap" according to their beauty, intelligence, strength, etc.  In this way, no one stands out.  No one is more beautiful or intelligent or strong or gifted than anyone else.  It is a society of distraction. 

In your article, you can mention how the Handicapper General has succeeded in making everyone "equal" in intelligence by having smart people wear headsets that jar their brains (and their nerves).  The Handicapper General has succeeded in making everyone "equal" in strength by making the very strong carry large sacks of birdshot according to their ability so they will be dragged down to the level of everyone else.  Removing a few pieces of shot can RESULT in a shot to the head!  The Handicapper General has succeeded in making everyone "equal" in looks by making the most beautiful people wear horrible masks in order to cover their beauty, and so on.

The focus of the article can be the moment at the television studio.  AGAIN the Handicapper General has succeeded in making everyone "equal" in ability by shooting and killing both Harrison and the ballerina as they dance to freedom.  Harrison has simply achieved forced entry into the studio and removed the handicaps! Perhaps you could use a quotation from the story in order to provide some primary support for this idea of removal of handicaps and how "horrible" it is:

He flung away his rubber-ball nose, revealed a man that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder...

The actual result of Bergeron's breaking and entering is the revelation of the very beautiful and true abilities of those who have exceptional skills!  In your article you could, perhaps, talk about the "disgusting display of dance and beauty" that is "appropriately curbed" by the Handicapper General's heroic shots. 

Be sure that you write it as a SATIRE, though, so that your teacher can tell you don't really think the Handicapper General is the real hero of the story!  The thoughtful Harrison, of course, is the real hero.  His death at the end is the real tragedy.  The irony, of course, is that the removal of handicaps by Bergeron is FORCED.

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Thank you for giving this information. I am trying to write about the article of Harrison Bergeron and I give for my topic ''Death of Harison Bergeron'' so can you tell me how to write and how I order this information?

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