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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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What does the consequence for lessening the weight of the handicap bag imply about the government in "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut?

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Kurt Vonnegut writes about the crippling effects of "equality" in his short story "Harrison Bergeron." In this story, everyone is equal because they are forced to wear handicaps based on their skills, talents, abilities, and appearance. No one can be prettier, stronger, smarter, or better in any way than anyone else. These handicaps are distributed and enforced by 

the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

Harrison's father is the one who tells us the penalty for tampering with one of the handicaps in a...

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