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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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What is implied about how much the constitution has changed by 2081 in "Harrison Bergeron"?

Vonnegut implies that the U.S. Constitution has been changed radically by 2081, with more than 200 additional amendments. In the process, the original concept of equality as equal access to opportunity has been changed to a notion of equality as social leveling to the lowest common denominator.

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We learn in the opening to "Harrison Bergeron" that:

All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

As of 1961, when the story was published, the Constitution had only been amended 23 times and only 13 since the 1790s. Therefore, Vonnegut, in envisioning 200 more amendments, is conveying to his readers that the Constitution has...

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