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

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At first Harrison Bergeron was jailed for presumably plotting to overthrow the government. He was accused and deemed a threat because of his above average intellect and physique. Harrison was forced to bear handicaps as dictated by the law, which sought to effectively ensure and promote equality among the members of the society.

Harrison was conceited- He did not marshal the people towards addressing the oppression but instead publicly declared himself emperor. His actions confirmed the need for the handicaps that the government had introduced.

Harrison was a non conformist- He rejected every attempt by the government to control him, up until his death.

He was courageous- He did not try to escape when the Handicapper General arrived to contain the situation during his public display of rebellion. He was willing to die for what he believed in.

Harrison was dictatorial- He intimidated the musicians in the television show to play their best. He did not attempt to negotiate with the musicians and instead displayed some level of corruption when he enticed them with titles if they played well.


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