Harrison Bergeron

Topics: Thought, Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut Pages: 2 (618 words) Published: August 5, 2013
Agatha Lai Harrison Bergeron Mar. 9. 2013
Discuss the idea of perfect society. Is it possible to create a perfect society?

Dreaming a perfect society seemed unrealistic. When I was young, I dream my perfect society as a place with my family, toys, food, and happiness, really as a child I don't think deeply about human rights, money, and shelter. At that time my perfect life was simple and easy. Happiness was my definition for a perfect society. In the story “Harrison Bergeron” the definition of a perfect society was robot because in my opinion their goal was trying to make everyone the same, not equal but same, like a robot. When the story start off with “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal," sounded good and nice because as a reader I automatically think the equal as human rights equality, but then the following sentence became a little weird. “They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal in every which way." It sounded WRONG! Being “equal in every which way” isn’t what I am thinking of as a human. Having to be equal on every side of us is a terrifying idea. Because what I imagined was a world with one color, colorless. As a person who loves art, just by thinking about the idea of having everything the same way was not cool. Children loses the fun in their childhood because everything has to be in a certain order, it looks like that they still have freedom, but really their brain is being controlled they cannot express their idea or opinion freely because their idea might be considered as better than the other kids. The story, “Harrison Bergeron” had a perfect society that in my opinion totally defeat the purpose of a perfect or equal society that most people dream of. The government did not consider the emotional and creative part of people. They shape people into a strict, hard receptacle that turn people dull. For this reason they created a boring place to be in, losing the fun and meaning to live, when “nobody...
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