Harrison Bergeron Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Harrison Bergeron Theme

What is the meaning or theme of the story "Harrison Bergeron" and how are the characters relevant to that meaning?

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Harrison Bergeron has many meanings or themes throughout. Freedom is one theme that is seen often and in different lights in the story. First, there is no freedom for the characters in the story. There is no freedom of expression as we see through the ballerinas who are terrible to watch, there is no freedom to be an individual because of the equalizing forced handicaps everyone in the society must adorn all the time. Harrison's parents illustrate their own handicaps as they sit at home one evening. His father has sounds ringing in his ears and a heavy bag of bird-shot around his neck. Harrison shows us freedom through his attempted escape from his handicaps, which were abundant...

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walker16 | Student

Life can be eqaul but never fair cause someone will always feel like they are carying the bigger and hevyer bags.

ninjacatcher | Student

Life can be equal but it can never be fair becuase someone will always bare the heavier bag.