In "Harrison Bergeron," what would the penalty be if George attempted to lighten the load of the handicap bag locked around his neck by removing one or more of the lead balls?
In the short story "Harrison Bergeron," the penalty for George attempting to lighten the load of his handicap bag would be two years in prison and a $2,000 fine for each lead ball he removed.
Hazel suggests that George should take out just a few balls from the bag of birdshot weighing forty-seven pounds, which is padlocked round his neck. George grimly replies that the penalty for doing this would be two years in prison and a $2,000 fine for each lead ball he removed. This, he points out, is not exactly a bargain.
Two interesting points that arise from this discussion are the draconian punishment and George's...
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