What social tendencies is Vonnegut warning against in "Harrison Bergeron"? Analyze the flaws of the society he depicts and discuss what he seems to be recommending. Use details and examples from the story to support your answer.

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In "Harrison Bergeron," Kurt Vonnegut is warning against is the social tendency to reduce the individual in order to create "equality."

Throughout the story, Vonnegut points out the exceptional people in this world—Harrison, George, the ballerina who reads the news—and discusses the weight of their handicaps. For example, George's "intelligence was way above normal" and he had to wear "a little mental handicap in his ear" and had to carry "forty-seven pounds of birdshot in a canvas bag" on his back. According to the narrator, the ballerina who read the news about Harrison on television "must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous" and she also possessed athletic excellence because "her handicap bags were as big as those worn by two-hundred-pound men." Harrison's immense handicaps also show his...

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