Harrison Bergeron

Topics: Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, Dystopia / Pages: 4 (1122 words) / Published: Apr 25th, 2014
Ryan Johnson
Nunley
24 April 2014
English 102
What the Future Could Hold Many advancements have happened in the United States. Most of them have had positive effects; some have had negative effects. Government intervention has strongly increased as our demographics grows in age and population. Depending on a citizen’s political views, this increased government intervention could be good for the United States, or it could be just the opposite. Few have been living with the same government their whole life, so they wouldn’t know what is legal or illegal. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”, the future consists of a more strict United States government, strongly overpowering the citizens. Hazel and George Bergeron are the parents of Harrison Bergeron. Harrison is a 14-year-old boy who is exactly seven feet tall. He intelligent and has abnormal strength and athleticism. Vonnegut has made Harrison a flat character, and states his traits very directly. Harrison is very stubborn. “’Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen,” she said in a grackle squawk, “has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous”” (Vonnegut Jr. 202). He doesn’t want to obey the laws, so instead, he has tried to overthrow the government. This is the reason why he is being held by the government against his will.
Hazel is perfectly average in this society. She doesn’t need a mask to mask her beauty, weights to decrease her strength, or a little radio in her ear to regulate her thoughts. She is a static character because her traits didn’t change throughout the story. Since she has no tools preventing her from doing certain things, she is overall pretty retarded. She just goes with the flow and obeys all of the laws even with her son being in jail.
George is also a static character. He has both abnormal athleticism/strength and



Cited: Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. “Harrison Bergeron” Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Writing. Eds. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. New York: Learning Solutions, 2010. 199-205. Print.

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