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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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What can readers infer from the fact that Hazel has tears on her cheeks but has forgotten what caused her to cry at the end of "Harrison Bergeron"?

When Hazel has tears running down her cheeks but can't remember the cause of those tears, we might infer that she is sad for the loss of her son, but she is not intelligent enough to understand that this is why she is sad.

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Just before we are told that Hazel has tears running down her cheeks, we are told that her "fourteen-year-old son, Harrison," has been taken away by "the H-G men." This sudden loss of her son must of course be very traumatic. We are also told, however, that Hazel is unable to "think about it very hard" because she has "a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts."

The fact that Hazel cries implies that she has a profound sadness inside of her, and the fact...

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