Genius Paper

Topics: Working class, Middle class, Social class Pages: 6 (2285 words) Published: December 9, 2013

In Kurt Vonnegut’s, Harrison Bergeron, and Malcolm Gladwell’s, Outliers: The Story of Success, “The Trouble with Geniuses” Part I & II, are both similar because they tell stories that are about geniuses and how they live their lives. Being a genius does not mean that life is simple, but that life is filled with disadvantages and you just have to deal with the situations. In Outliers, the two main characters are Christopher Langan and Robert Oppenheimer are real people who struggle with their disadvantages, such as: excuses, appearance, IQs, and Their stories will be compared with Harrison Bergeron’s life as another genius who is a fictional character.

Christopher Langan is the world’s smartest man alive, at the age of sixty-one with an IQ of one hundred and ninety-five. Langan would appear in interviews, magazine articles, and TV shows such as 1vs. 100, Likewise in Outliers, “Saget looked at Langen oddly, as if he were some kind of laboratory specimen.” (70). Langan is the eldest of four brothers living with a single mother on a ranch house not having much but each other. At age three Langan read comics, and at age five Langan was curious about his religion, Langan’s mother’s boyfriend would abuse the boys, until one day Langan had enough, socked the boyfriend so hard, that he left and has never came back. Langan would never show up to any of classes but he would attend school for test days and he would ace the tests. Robert Oppenheimer is another character that Gladwell mentions on how he is a genius. In the third grade, Oppenheimer did lab experiments and in fifth grade, he study physics and chemistry. Oppenheimer grew up in a wealthy neighborhood and he was involved with social activities. Oppenheimer had friends that were communist and he was not. Oppenheimer enrolled in Harvard, and then to Cambridge University for a degree in Physics. Oppenheimer’s tutor Patrick Blackett had forced Oppenheimer to study physics and to work on it for his whole day which Oppenheimer disliked and he wanted to change this torture. Oppenheimer had locked himself in a chemistry lab room and was plotting to poison his tutor, but instead of being expelled, Oppenheimer was sent to therapy to get help. . Oppenheimer had help America during War World II by inventing the atomic bomb that had made Japan forfeit the war. In Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron” society was a very important concept. It is described as a futuristic American society because it takes place in 2081. It is described as a communist structure, where if you break the law you have to suffer the consequences and suffer. Society is taken to a whole other level when it comes to the American’s Declaration of Independence. The Amendments 211, 212, 213 to the Constitution states that “All men are created equal.” This concept is taken literally where no one can be uglier, weaker, attractive, or slower than everyone else. Citizens that are gifted with higher intelligence and are brighter are punished and handicapped in order to be equal to the rest of the citizens. They created a team called “The Handicapper General” and they enforce the law. Intelligent citizens are forced to wear a radio on their head to keep them from being different from others. In addition, citizen who are considered beautiful are forced to wear a mask to hide their face from others so others don’t feel bad about themselves. In this story, the main character Harrison Bergeron was taken away from their parents at a very young age because he was brighter than most people. He was different from what society has as an aspect of. Bergeron was consider weird for being smarter than everyone else because he kept on getting A’s while everyone else was failing miserably for having an IQ of sixty and having to stay behind grades for little knowledge. Bergeron was not welcomed at school for his success and not accepted by his peers and teachers. At age sixteen he was taken from his parents and he was held...

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