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Kurt Vonnegut names his short story "Harrison Bergeron" after the story's fourteen year old protagonist, Harrison Bergeron. At the beginning of the story Harrison is arrested by the Handicapper General for "suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government." His only crime? Being too smart. In this futuristic society, instead of embracing citizens' differences, the government seeks to equalize everyone to make them the same. In the end, Harrison is killed by the Handicapper General- ending his rise to power and preventing the nation from resorting to its old ways of social and individual competition (according to Harrison's own father).
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