How does Harrison's removal of his handicaps develop the story's plot?

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the climax of the story is when Harrison Bergeron removes his handicaps and leaps into the air with a ballerina.

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The rising action consists of George attempting to think about his fourteen-year-old son, Harrison Bergeron, as he passively watches the news with Hazel, who imagines what it would be like to be the Handicapper General. Suddenly, there is a disruption at the news station as Harrison Bergeron breaks through the door and declares that he is the emperor. Harrison proceeds to strip the cumbersome handicaps from his body in front of the news station's camera, which is the climax of the story. The climax is the moment when the tension or conflict reaches its highest peak and is considered the turning point in the story. When Harrison Bergeron removes his handicaps, he proceeds to select his empress and strips the boldest ballerina's handicaps off her body before leaping into the air with her. Harrison removing his handicaps is not only the climax of the story but also illustrates what humans are capable of achieving when he dramatically leaps into the air to kiss the ballerina. This climactic moment is essential to the plot development and precedes the falling action when Diana Moon Glampers shoots him out of the air.

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