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Harrison Bergeron Handicaps

In Kurt Vonnegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron," the title character is the most handicapped person in a society that seeks to equalize everyone by handicapping those who have greater abilities....

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 7:32 pm UTC

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What is the underlying message of "Harrison Bergeron?"

The underlying message of "Harrison Bergeron," which does not lie very far from the surface, is that this type of equality is not worth the price you have to pay for it. Given the handicaps with...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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What if everyone were the same? Stress the two advantages of everyone being completely equal.

If everyone was of equal strength, looks, and intelligence, etc., there would be less feelings of inadequacy, envy, and jealousy. If everyone was equal in every way, everyone would have the same...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

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What are the themes of the short story "Harrison Bergeron," by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.?  

"Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical look into the potential dangers of our society's desire for equality. Ultimately, Vonnegut is posing that, at a certain point, egalitarianism risks turning into a...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 11:56 pm UTC

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Irony In Harrison Bergeron

The irony in “Harrison Bergeron” is how the dystopian society in the story defines “equality”. To the government and its citizens, “equality” means to make everyone the same. We tend to see...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 12:29 am UTC

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In "Harrison Bergeron" how do Hazel and George react to the televised murder of their son?

George and Hazel struggle to appreciate the dancing ballerinas that they are watching on the television and fail to comprehend their son's rebellious act. George, who is extremely intelligent, is...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017 9:30 am UTC

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Please list some of the figurative language in "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Figurative language adds to the mood and meaning of a piece of literature and helps differentiate literary texts from informative or scientific works. In this short story, Vonnegut uses...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 10:38 pm UTC

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How does Vonnegut use irony and satire in "Harrison Bergeron"?

One needs to look now farther than the first paragraph to realize that Vonnegut's tale is laced with irony and satire. The strongest hint is when he mentions that there are over 100 ammendments in...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 3:07 pm UTC

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1.      Explore the role of situational irony in this short story. Please share three examples.

Situational irony occurs when the unexpected happens. Situational can relate to the characters' expectations or the readers'. In the case of Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron," the situational irony...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011 11:21 am UTC

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What are some examples of similes in "Harrison Bergeron"?

A simile is a phrase which uses "like" or "as" to figuratively compare two similar ideas, things, people, images, etc. There are a great many smilies used in Kurt Vonnegut's short story, "Harrison...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016 1:19 am UTC

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How do the events shown in the movie 2081 compare to the events in the short story "Harrison Bergeron"?

Great question! The film 2081 closely follows the plot and dialogue of Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s short story “Harrison Bergeron,” but there are several differences. The opening lines of the film and story...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 1:22 am UTC

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Why do you think Kurt Vonnegut wrote the short story "Harrison Bergeron"?

Kurt Vonnegut arguably wrote his story titled “Harrison Bergeron” for a number of reasons, including the following: Vonnegut may have wanted to appeal to readers’ interests in prophecies about...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 4:13 am UTC

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What is the significance of the dance Harrison performs with the ballerina in the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by...

When Harrison Bergeron escapes from jail, he shows up on the set of the television production currently being aired live. He is wearing all his handicaps, which makes him look like a walking...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 2:23 pm UTC

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How are verbal, situational, and dramatic irony used in "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut? 

Satire is employed in Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" in order to expose the ridiculous idea that people can ever be made truly equal. Vonnegut's satire is developed through the use of humor,...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017 11:18 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of the handicaps in Harrison Bergeron?

This is a dystopian future (2081) in which the government has established new laws (211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution) to enforce a doctrine of equality. The government has...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016 6:32 pm UTC

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Harrison Bergeron Satire

"Harrison Bergeron" is open to interpretation as to the aim of its satire. Some believe it to be a straightforward dystopian story, with the individual oppressed and eventually crushed by the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 11:38 pm UTC

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What is the tone of "Harrison Bergeron"?

The tone in "Harrison Bergeron" is casual, sarcastic, and even irreverent. Vonnegut tells us that everyone is "finally equal" in 2081. Yet, no one has figured out a way to control or affect the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2017 4:24 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut?

Vonnegut's celebrated short story "Harrison Bergeron" is set in the futuristic United States, which has transformed into a dystopia. The specific time setting of the story takes place in 2081 CE....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020 3:56 pm UTC

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What is a summary of the conflict in "Harrison Bergeron"?

The primary conflict of Vonnegut's celebrated short story "Harrison Bergeron" is considered a Man vs. Society conflict. The story is set in the year 2081, and the United States Constitution has...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 5:04 pm UTC

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In "Harrison Bergeron," why is the punishment for removing a handicap so harsh?

When George's wife suggests that he take some of the balls out of his cumbersome bag of birdshot hanging around his neck in order to give him some relief, George elaborates on the punishment for...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 10:23 pm UTC

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How does "Harrison Bergeron" relate to current society?

Kurt Vonnegut wrote "Harrison Bergeron" in 1961, which was in the midst of the Cold War and just after the end of the Joseph McCarthy-era of anti-Communist witch hunts by the U.S. Congress. While...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

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What is the overall mood or tone of "Harrison Bergeron"? 

The tone of a story refers to the author's attitude towards the subject and is conveyed through the writer's word choice and point of view. The overall tone of Vonnegut's celebrated short story...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 1:38 pm UTC

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What it would be like to live in a society where everyone was equal in every way. Would that be possible and...

No, it wouldn't be possible. That's the point Vonnegut was trying to make when he set up all these elaborate handicaps to try to even the playing field, but still after many years and hundreds of...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 4:38 am UTC

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What is the main conflict in Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron," and how is it resolved? How does the story's ending make...

The central conflict in "Harrison Bergeron" exists between Harrison and his society. His society has attempted to make everyone equal by making everyone exactly the same. In order to accomplish...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2020 10:59 am UTC

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At the end of "Harrison Bergeron," how did you feel about Hazel and George?

The story ends with Hazel and George watching television. They have just seen their son Harrison get shot for claiming to be the Emperor, stripping himself of his handicaps and dancing with a...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 4:41 pm UTC

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What is the role of the handicapper general in the story "Harrison Bergeron"?

In Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron," the Handicapper General is a woman whose name is Diana Moon Glampers. Her role is to enforce the Constitutional amendments that provide for the equalization of...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 2:45 pm UTC

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In "Harrison Bergeron," what is the meaning of the last lines?

The last lines offer no chance for the redemption of George and Hazel Bergeron's society. After the Handicapper General shoots the Emperor and Empress, neither George nor his dull wife realizes...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 8:06 pm UTC

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What is the point of view in "Harrison Bergeron?"

Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 satire on popular science fiction depictions of futuristic dystopian societies, Harrison Bergeron, is written from the perspective of an anonymous, unseen narrator. All text...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

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What's an example of characterization in "Harrison Bergeron"?

The Handicapper General's name is mentioned on the first page, but she is rarely talked about until the end of the story when she walks into the auditorium and shoots Harrison and the ballerina...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2014 5:43 pm UTC

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Why aren't Harrison's parents more emotionally affected by the death of their son?

Harrison's parents are not emotionally affected much at all by the death of their son because they cannot be. For Harrison's mother, Hazel, her "perfectly average" intelligence does not allow her...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 4:36 pm UTC

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What are George's handicaps in Harrison Bergeron?

In the dystopian, radically egalitarian society depicted in "Harrison Bergeron," those deemed by the government to have a natural advantage over others—such as physical strength or intelligence—are...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018 8:52 am UTC

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Think about the criticisms of society made in “Harrison Bergeron.” What aspects of today’s society seem open to...

One of the themes to Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" is the idea that all people should be forced into a mold that makes them equally "successful." That's why we see weights attached to ballet...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 10:44 am UTC

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What does Harrison Bergeron’s rebellion reveal about his character traits and values?

Harrison Bergeron is an extremely talented, athletic fourteen-year-old boy who was imprisoned for attempting to overthrow the government. In the short story, Harrison escapes from prison, takes...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 11:59 am UTC

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What are two examples of dramatic irony  in this story?

First, let's make sure of the definition of dramatic irony - a situation in which a statement by a character in the story carries more than intended significance for the audience which has insight...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011 10:43 pm UTC

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In the first paragraph, Vonnegut uses the words "unceasing vigilance." What does these words mean? What implications...

In the first paragraph, Vonnegut writes that the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, along with the "unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General,"...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 4:16 pm UTC

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What are the similes Vonnegut uses when he describes George Bergeron's thoughts?

In "Harrison Bergeron," each of the similes Vonnegut uses to describe George Bergeron's thoughts suggests the illicitness of having an original or unique idea. For example, as George watches...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

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Why is the government looking for Harrison Bergeron in Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron"?

At the beginning of the story, readers learn fourteen-year-old Harrison Bergeron was taken by the Handicapper General men and placed in jail. And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2016 3:14 am UTC

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In Harrison Bergeron, why does George choose to not remove some birdshot from the canvas bag around his neck to...

George did not remove the lead balls from the bag around his neck because, as he mentions in the story, he's gotten used to them. It's one of the tragedies of that society that people's imposed...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2008 10:37 am UTC

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How does the society in "Harrison Bergeron" affect the thoughts and reactions of the people? 

In "Harrison Bergeron," the government refuses to allow citizens to have original thoughts and prohibits their reactions to certain incidents in order to possess autocratic authority over everyone....

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015 3:11 pm UTC

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Please give an example of one figurative element in "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Kurt Vonnegut's futuristic short story "Harrison Bergeron" is replete with figurative language of many kinds. You asked for one, so I chose simile because they are vivid and effective in making...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 5:47 pm UTC

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Are the characters in "Harrison Bergeron" truly equal?

They're only equal in the sense that they're all equally repressed by a cruel, manipulative regime that doesn't understand the value and importance of diversity. Human beings, of their very nature,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 9:22 am UTC

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What is the purpose of each of George's handicaps in Harrison Bergeron? 

The world of Harrison Bergeron is one in which egalitarianism has been imposed by force. It is a society that values equality among all members of society and uses a system of handicaps in order to...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 11:03 pm UTC

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What overall conclusions can be drawn about the society depicted in the story "Harrison Bergeron"? [Consider how...

The society of Kurt Vonnegut's short story is one of forced equality, an equality that diminishes talent, intelligence, and beauty. Individuality exists no longer. With the use of technical...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 6:51 am UTC

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In "Harrison Bergeron," why is Harrison considered a threat to society?

In Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron," the title character is considered a threat to society because he cannot be contained by both the physical and symbolic handicaps this totalitarian...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015 6:09 am UTC

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How are George and Hazel Bergeron described? What sort of life do they lead?  

Hazel Bergeron is described as being "perfectly average" in intelligence. This description implies that she cannot ponder anything because her thought processes are shallow. She cannot recall much,...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2018 2:26 am UTC

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What is a moral to the story, "Harrison Bergeron?"  

The moral of Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" is that forced equality--"It was the year of 2018 and everyone was finally equal"--is not truly equality; it is forced mediocrity. For, in order to...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012 11:36 pm UTC

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How does the society affect the thoughts and reactions of the people in "Harrison Bergeron"?

In the society in "Harrison Bergeron", people are greatly affected by the role of the government. The society believes in and depends on complete equality amongst all of the people. In order to...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 6:20 pm UTC

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How do George and Hazel react to the televised murder of their son Harrison Bergeron?

George and Hazel show an unnatural lack of concern regarding the televised murder of their son. Because of his handicap, George is prevented from experiencing any emotions that are considered...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2016 4:35 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "Harrison Bergeron"?

The setting of the story is a dystopian United States set in the future year of 2081, where the Constitution has been amended more than 200 times. These amendments are meant to insure a leveling...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 7:37 pm UTC

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How would you rewrite the ending of this story? If Harrison was NOT killed and became Emperor?? What kind of changes...

The ending of Harrison Bergeron could possibly be much different if he were to survive Diana Moon Glampers's attack and successfully usurp power to become Emperor of the United States. Harrison...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 2:29 pm UTC

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