What is the shedding of Harrison's handicaps symbolic of?
Vonnegut was always critical of the many ways that men and women were limited by the systems around them whether that was the government or industry or propaganda in the form of news, etc. In this future version of America, those systems have all been made to work together in the form of TV broadcasts, the handicapping system, and the enforcers of those handicaps.
So when Harrison emerges on the screen and tears off all of his handicaps, it represents a blatant and violent challenge to these systems of control. Vonnegut is using Harrison as a symbol of what he believed to be a human and/or American desire to excel to be powerful and strong and rise above mediocrity.
Harrison serves as an illustration of the power that talented...
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