“Harrison Bergeron” 1961 Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1922
Protagonist: Harrison Bergeron, George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son. He was arrested for being a genius and an athlete. He challenges the governments ways. Antagonist: Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General of the United States, who restricts those above others and brings balance to the society. Conflict: Harrison, who is above the norm of an average being due to his intelligence and appearance, hinders the balance of an equal society is arrested. He escapes and tries to convince other handicappers to stand up and be under his rule. However this results in him getting killed. Minor Character: Hazel Bergeron, mother of Harrison who has perfectly average intelligence. George Bergeron, father of Harrison who has intelligence above the average is required to wear a handicap at all times. Empress is Harrison’s extraordinarily beautiful ballerina. Setting: In the year 2081, where everyone was equal to one another. In April, was Harrison had been arrested. Mostly takes place in television studio and the Bergeron’s home. Narrator/Point of View: Third person
Summary: 1) Both George and Hazel are watching television on ballerinas, while Hazel was crying but have forgotten the reason why. 2) Hazel sees George in pain due to his handicap and suggested taking out some lead balls in reducing the weight. 3) George refuses because he doesn’t want to deal with paying a fine and going to prison. 4) The television program was suddenly interrupted by the news bulletin. 5) For a moment the announcer had difficulty eventually giving up and giving the bulletin to an extraordinarily ballerina who was heavily covered in handicaps. 6) The ballerina announced that Harrison had just escaped prison and is notified to be dangerous and the public should not try to reason with him. 7) Suddenly screams and cries are heard from the television as a small earthquake an occurred and George realizes it could only be Harrison. 8)...
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