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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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In "Harrison Bergeron", what were Kurt Vonnegut's satirical targets?

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The science-fiction short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut is set in the year 2081. To discern what Vonnegut's satirical targets are, read the story carefully and note where he uses absurdities and exaggerations to make his point.

According to the story, after the passing of certain Constitutional amendments, strict equality is enforced by law. The United States Handicapper General and her agents monitor citizens closely to ensure that the laws dictating equality are enforced. Harrison's father George, for instance, has above-normal intelligence, so the government has demanded that he should wear earphones that let loose loud noises to prevent him from formulating...

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