Major Essay #1 Assignment – Character Analysis
The character that seemed most interesting to me from the readings assigned to this course so far would have to be George from Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. George was intriguing for a variety of reasons. Most importantly because his personality was not directly described to the reader, we need to more deeply analyze how George functions in his world as it is described to us and also how he interacts with his wife. Through a variety of reactions to events you can assume somewhat what George believed in ethically, but his personality is more difficult to surmise. George was described on page 217 as having “a little mental handicap radio in his ear” due to the fact that his “intelligence was way above normal.” He must also have been a man with above average strength, as he was also described as having “forty-seven pounds of birdshot in a canvas bag pad locked around George’s neck (Gioia 218).” Interestingly George said in the story referring to that canvas bag he is forced to carry, “I don’t mind it, I don’t notice it anymore. It’s just a part of me.” That statement leads me to believe that he has simply become used to the mental handicaps and has accepted them as his fate. Although later in the story when his wife suggests that he lighten the weight of his bag around his neck since they are alone in his own home, he refuses. He states very matter of fact, “The minute people start cheating on laws, what do you think happens to society (Gioia 219)?” That statement suggests that George prefers the way people are required to live now to the way society was before, unlike his son Harrison, who is imprisoned for not following the laws that are in place. George seems to like the fact that people are no longer competing to be the best, and that everyone is on a level playing field. That may have something to do with the fact that his wife is below average or...
Cited: Gioia, Dana. "Harrison Bergeron." Backpack Literature - An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. By X.J. Kennedy. N.p.: Longman Pub Group, 2011. 216-22. Print.
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