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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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In "Harrison Bergeron," we are told that Hazel is of average intelligence. What can we infer about what it means to be average in this society? I want textual evidence to support my claim.

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In Vonnegut's futuristic American society, the government has mandated that every citizen must be equal in every facet of life to ensure complete uniformity. In order to create a perfectly equal population, the agents of the United States Handicapper General force every talented, intelligent, and attractive citizen to wear cumbersome handicaps to suppress and control their above-average abilities. Citizens of normal intelligence are not required to wear any mental handicaps, which indicates that they are naturally ignorant, forgetful people who lack perspective and the capacity to think deeply.

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