With whom do you think Vonnegut sympathizes in "Harrison Bergeron"? Does he present Harrison as a hero, or is the story hero-less? Why?

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Vonnegut's short story depicts the dangers of complete uniformity and cultivating an atmosphere where talented and extraordinary humans are oppressed for the sake of equality. Given Vonnegut's underlying message, he creates sympathy for Harrison Bergeron, George, the talented ballerinas, and even Hazel (who has average intelligence and can only think in short bursts).

By illustrating the torturous tiny ear radio that blasts loud noises in George's head every twenty seconds, the reader sympathizes with his difficult experience; the reader can imagine how annoying and painful his government-issued handicap must feel. The reader also sympathizes with Harrison Bergeron because he is an extraordinary young man who is forced to wear cumbersome handicaps and lives an oppressed life.

While there are certainly aspects of Harrison's situation that make him a sympathetic character, he is also portrayed as a confident, authoritative, and ambitious young man. Upon further examination, Harrison's arrest...

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