Identify and discuss the significance of the narrative point of view of "Harrison Bergeron."

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The narrative point of view employed in "Harrison Bergeron" is third person omniscient.  It should also be noted that the narrator poses judgements on the occurrences in the story.  For example, at the beginning of the story, the narrator defines the setting of the story as the year 2081, a time when many additional amendments to the Constitution have been made.  The attempt has been to make everyone equal, yet the narrator claims that "[s]ome things about living still weren't quite right, though."  Because the narrator interjects on events and characterizes the nature of events in a particular way, the tone of the story is bent towards the absurd.  Using the narrative point of view in this way allows the author Kurt Vonnegut to develop the story as a satire.

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