What is the purpose of the Handicapper General in the society of "Harrison Bergeron"?

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The short story "Harrison Bergeron" takes place in a futuristic society where "everyone was finally equal". This was due in large part to the efforts of the Handicapper General. The Handicapper General plays the part of the antagonist in this story, along with the society itself. 

The Handicapper General is the one who makes sure that everyone in the society is equal by placing handicaps on those that are superior in any way. The Handicapper General is the one who reduces the entire society to the level of its least competent to ensure that no one is at a disadvantage.