What is the setting of "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut?

The setting of "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut takes place in the futuristic United States during the year 2081 CE. The two specific settings of the story take place in George and Hazel's home and the television studio, where Harrison Bergeron is shot down by Diana Moon Glampers. In the story, Vonnegut depicts a dystopian America where everyone is completely equal in all facets of life in a negative way.

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Vonnegut's celebrated short story "Harrison Bergeron" is set in the futuristic United States, which has transformed into a dystopia. The specific time setting of the story takes place in 2081 CE. America is depicted as an oppressive nation, where every citizen is completely equal in all facets of life. The Constitution has been amended to create a uniform society, and the agents of the Handicapper General ensure equality by forcing talented, attractive, and intelligent citizens to wear cumbersome handicaps that severely limit their natural abilities. The story is also set in George and Hazel's home, which is depicted as a typical 21st-century residence. George and Hazel sit on the couch in their living room while they watch television together.

In addition to George and Hazel's home, the setting of the story also includes a television studio. Shortly after escaping prison, Harrison Bergeron breaks into the television studio and announces that he is the Emperor. Harrison proceeds to...

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