Harrison Bergeron

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Harrison Bergeron takes place in a future where everything is supposedly equal. I say supposedly because there are so those who are still in power over everyone else. The society is taken over by these handicaps that are weighing them down and also not allowing them to think for themselves, therefore, control over them is present. In Harrison Bergeron, many themes are present ranging from the equality to people's free will to be who they are.

A major theme that Is present is that the equality can be achieved but at a great cost and risk. To become equal one must Not be smarter, better looking, more athletic, or even more graceful than anyone else. In order to make this happen, the handicapper general, Diana Moon Glampers, attanches anything from weights to radio frequencies in the heads of the people in order to keep control. These handicaps are attached to the people and cannot be tampered with. If tampered with, excessive fines and jail time is given. At times people such as Harrison Bergeron will rebel and will exceed and surpassed certain strengths that handicaps can no longer detain them and an outbreak of somewhat of a revolution can take place such as in the story. In case of a Revolution, action must take place, in the case of Harrison Bergeron, the handicapper general blasted him in half with a double barrel shotgun. Violence and fear have to be used in order to keep equality. We can see in history that the people will fight back such as in the struggle between between India and the British, it only took one person to change everything and in the end, the British lost a lot more than had to be lost.

The people were equal. Weight opressed the people, made them slower, and took away their emotion. Dancers, musicians, they all played and danced so poorly because of the fact that one might be better than the other. No joy; was that really worth giving up? What's the point of being equal if we can't enjoy it? So in the end the cost of equality is...
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