Harrison Bergeron Questions and Answers
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Why don't Harrison's parents respond with more feelings to what they have seen ?

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In the dystopian society depicted in such horrifying detail by Vonnegut, people aren't supposed to feel anything. They're simply supposed to do what the government tells them. For its citizens to enjoy a rich emotional life is dangerous to the government, as it provides a haven of repose, a personal space where people can escape the state's control. Handicaps must then be used to enforce not only a crude physical and intellectual equality but also an emotional one. So when the Bergerons watch their son's death on live TV, they've been so emotionally crippled that they're...

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